The good news for Wild fans tonight was the team came out and had a really good first period. There was no sitting back, slowly waking up from a post Thanksgiving pig out.
The team came out looking like they did at the beginning of November. They were strong on the puck, lead in shots, and frankly gave the Flyers very minimal scoring chances.
The second period was one to forget however. It seemed to be a test of who could make the most idiotic mistakes. Turnover left and right for both teams, and it seemed like neither team could get in a real grove.
Then the third period hit, and the Wild found their spark. Mikko Koivu grabbed a burst of speed and found Jason Pominville for the first goal of the game. A respectable 57 seconds later, Marco Scandella held the zone on a change, got the puck to Jared Spurgeon, who managed to connect with a fresh off the bench Charlie Coyle for the second goal of the game.
Josh Harding won his 14th game of the season, and fought his way to his 3rd shutout of the season. Both statistics are career highs.
The third period was what Wild fans should be expecting out of the team. High paced, hard working (sorry Tom), and a battling type of hockey game. Night and day difference from the last few games.
If the playoffs started today, Minnesota sits one point back from Colorado in #conferenceIII, holding on to the 4th spot. They are currently sitting in the first wild card spot, with Phoenix 3 points behind holding on to the 2nd spot.
1. Will the Wild strike first tonight? The Wild were the only team to strike in tonights game J
2. Mikko Koivu's carried da team on his back, dude. Does he continue this dominant streak? Koivu was instrumental in tonights game winning goal. I don't know that he solely carried the team on his back, but he did most of the heavy lifting.
3. The Wild started to get back to their possession game against Colorado on Saturday. Do they continue to shake their bad habits? Yes they did and it was fantastic
4. Philadelphia historically has been tough, and this year is no exception, with Zac Rinaldo, Steve Downie, Wayne Simmonds, and even Scott Hartnell known to drop the gloves. Will Yeo's decision to play Zenon Konopka and Mike Rupp be useful to counter this element? Konopka and Rupp played their roles well tonight.
5. How much fun will we poke at Agnes when the Wild triumph over her second favorite team? Be sort of nice kids