The Wild can actually score shootout goals!!: Game wrap-up edition

Rob Carr

Wild walk away with 2 points, and their first ever win in the PNC Arena

Jason Pominville scored his 200th career goal to start the scoring in this game. Ryan Suter sent Pominville a beautiful pass up ice, and Pominville managed to be able to get ahead of the Hurricane defenders and net a pretty goal.

40 seconds later, Carolina tied the game up on Ryan Murphy goal. The Hurricanes took the lead in the middle of the 2nd with a goal by Jiri Tlusty.

Justin Fontaine scored his 6th goal of the season to tie the game up, with a tip in on Marco Scandella's shot from the blue line. Fontaine is on pass to score more goals in his rookie year than Marion Gaborik did (Gabork is the MN Wild leader for rookie goals).

The Wild again played somewhat sloppy hockey. Some of the lackluster play could be attributed to the fact that the ice looked pretty bad at PNC Arena. Pucks were taking weird bounces, guys were falling left and right, and it looked downright choppy.

Nate Prosser showed why some people question whether or not he should be playing on the ice with any consistency. The first Carolina goal was a deflection off his stick. Mathew Dumba had a somewhat rough game, but honestly a lot of that could be because he hasn't played in awhile.

The best part of the night was the fact that the Wild won in a shootout. They scored not once, not twice, BUT ALL THREE TIMES. Beautiful all around, and a great way to end the night. Wild walk away with 3 of 4 points on this road trip.

Five Questions:

1. Matt Dumba gets his first game since a disastrous performance against the Blackhawks back in October; how does he look? meeeeeeeh

2. The Hurricanes are missing their starting goalie, Cam Ward, and back-up, Anton Khudobin; does it hurt them in this game? It should have, but it didn't really

3. Does Mike Yeo continue to lean on the 1st defensive pairing very heavily in terms of ice-time? He did. For a while, Brodin and Suter were split up so that Prosser and Dumba wouldn't be paired together.

4. Any points for the 2nd line tonight? Yup! Graninoville strikes again

5. Can the Wild go a game without conceding a powerplay goal? Apparently

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