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This game was scheduled to start at 9:00 PM central time. As the old cliche goes, someone forgot to tell the Wild that. The first period was 99.9% Canucks, with the Wild simply allowing them to do whatever they wished to do. Blue sweaters below the circles without a white sweater between them and Josh Harding, guys still standing around watching, no movement in their feet whatsoever, getting pushed around by players much smaller... it was disgusting hockey at its finest.
At one point,the question had to be asked... was Todd Richards coaching this team?
The second period was an... "improvement." The Wild did get a couple chances, put some, and we mean some, pressure on Luongo, but even a second power play resulted in nothing. A two on one developed as Alexander Edler did his best Martin Skoula impression. Yet, Devin Setoguchi was content to lollygag down the ice, allowing the Canucks to catch up, all in the name of waiting for Dany Heatley to get involved in the play.
The break led to a weak shot directly into Luongo's chest, and Luongo skated into the locker room with five straight periods of shutout hockey under his belt against the Wild.
The only good news? They didn't give up any more goal to the Canucks.
Now, you would think a team being beaten up by a division rival, in the midst of an ugly streak of hockey would come out in the third and make a statement that they were at least present in the game. Instead, the Wild curled up in a ball and held on for dear life hoping the Canucks wouldn't make it worse than it already was.
Once again, the Wild leave without scoring a goal, Wild now scoreless in two straight games in Vancouver. This is a team in crisis, and if they don't see it, they are in more trouble than anyone knew.
We are perilously close to needing to ask how Mike Yeo wakes this team up. They have one win in the past 11 games, just one win in nearly a month of hockey, and have scored more than 2 goals just twice in that stretch. They slip a little more with every passing game, and the decisions they are making with the puck are simply uncreative and flat out predictable. You always want to think that pros shouldn't need a butt chewing, but these guys need a butt chewing.
The Bennett's Chop & Railhouse of the Game:
- Can the turn of luck that is needed start in Vancouver? Ha ha. Yeah. Sure. Good one.
- Are the Braineaters stoppable? Nope. Not a chance.
- Does Devin Setoguchi make a difference? Good to see him back, but he was a non-factor.
Casey Wellman on the fourth line. How long does that last? The entire game, mind boggling.
- Who has something they would like to say to support Jack Jablonski? Not good news tongiht, as doctors say he will never walk or skate again. He remains in out thoughts and prayers. Long fight ahead, folks. Don't forget the kid.