Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Wild absolutely dominated play again. It took until almost the 19th minute of the second period for a goal to be scored. But unlike the stories that have been written before, this one turned out to have a happy ending, with the Wild earning 2 points and their first shutout of the season.
In not good news however, Jonas Brodin took a puck to the face at the beginning of the first period. He had trouble getting up, and actually needed a trainer to come on the ice to get him, even though he was right in front of the Wild bench. There was a lot of blood on the ice where he was, so at the very least he's going to have a head full of stitches. After the game, Yeo said Brodin was taken to the hospital for xrays, and there is no other update at the moment.
Towards the end of the 2st, Marco Scandella took a puck to the leg and needed help off the ice as well. The Wild played the last two minutes with only 4 defensemen. Luckily, Scandella appeared shortly into the second, and continued to play. However, he was seen multiple times testing and shaking out his leg, so he wasn't playing 100%.
Nate Prosser had a boneheaded move to rival his head-butt a few years ago when he took a fighting major, with the team already down Brodin., and Scandella still hurting. To add fuel to the fire, Matt Cooke took a 2 minute minor that forced the Wild to be on the PK without their top penalty killer and basically 3.5 defensemen.
Josh Harding had a fantastic game, yet again. When a goalie faces such a low number of shots, its easy to overthink plays, and get inside your own head. Harding managed to make plays and decisions without a second of hesitation all night, and really put in the effort for the Wild to win this game.
Spurgeon actually saved this game. In the final minute, Nashville crashed the net with six players, and Harding got jostled out of position when the puck went behind him. Spurgeon swept the goal line with his stick and managed to clear the puck that was just millimeters away from going into the net. Jason Pominville managed to turn around and score the empty net goal that sealed the deal in this game.
With Brodin injured and Scandella banged up, it's almost a guarantee that Mathew Dumba will not be returning to Red Deer this season. Honestly (and if you've been follow the blog long) it would have been a long shot for him to go back before this game.
Ryan Suter ended the game with just under 30 minutes TOI. This is actually pretty amazing considering the Wild were short on defensemen for pretty much the whole game. Spurgeon had just under 25 minutes, and the rest of the defense played over 20 minutes.
All of the players contributed tonight's win to a full team effort. Harding did a great job making saves when he needed to, the defensemen played an outstanding game even down two players, and the forwards stepped up to help out when needed as well as got the puck to (and IN!) the net.
1. The Wild had a rough road trip. Does being back at home help them get it together? It was a little tense for awhile, But the Wild managed to pull out the win in regulation tonight. With a shutout!
2. The Wild have let in a league low 5v5 goals. Do they keep it low? No goals allowed tonight. Low it shall stay
3. Is it possible for the team to stay out of the penalty box? The Wild only took two minors and two majors, resulting in 2 PKs that they successfully killed. Ok for now
4. Matt Cullen plays his first game in MN after not being re-signed over the summer. Do Wild fans welcome him back? Cullen got a standing ovation from the crowd during the first period
5. Does Heatley manage to get the monkey off his back tonight? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.