Minnesota Wild 0 - 1 Dallas Stars
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Wow. That sure was exciting to watch. We're all or defensive hockey here in Minnesota, and firmly believe that a 1-0 game can be intensely exciting. That game... wasn't.
The Wild played a pretty good game, though, against a very hot Dallas team. They gave up just one goal against the third seed in the West, and even that goal is difficult to fault them on. Cullen lost a faceoff, Steven Kampfer retreated, and Brendan Morrow flipped a pass to Jamie Benn. The only gripe is that Tom Gilbert was defending Steve Ott, rather than Benn. A lack of awareness of your surroundings is not a good thing.
That said, the defense was pretty good tonight. Matt Hackett was much improved as he stopped with the over committing to the puck, and played a much quieter games. If only he knew he could not expect his team to score any goals in support of his efforts. Ridiculous effort from Hackett will go down as a wasted effort, since we all know scoring two goals is just not something a Wild goalie should expect to happen.
Kari Lehtonen was equally ridiculous in net, stopping several very good chances from the Wild. Kyle Brodziak had multiple chances, only to be robbed by Lehtonen. The Stars are red hot, and showing no signs of slowing down. If it were me? I wouldn't want to be the first round match up for the Dallas Stars.
All in all a decent effort from both sides, but unless you are a massive fan of watching goalies make saves, this one wasn't overly exhilarating. That said, if the roles of the two teams were reversed, this likely was a rather intense game. It's all about perspective.