The Wild got off to a red hot start with Ryan Suter scoring his first goal of the season just 3:22 into the game. The Wild carried the momentum through the first, heavily dominating play and limiting the Islanders to 8 SOG.
The second period started off just as strong. Jonas Brodin scored his 7th goal of the season just 39 seconds in from a Nino Niederreiter to Mikko Koivu to Brodin set up. Knightrider decided that he didn't like only getting an assist, so two minutes later he followed Brodin's goal up with one of his own.
Just before the halfway point of the second things started to fall apart. John Tavares scored his 14th goal of the season for the Islanders. Then the Wild got into a bad penalty kill situation with Mikael Granlund going to the box.
Once the penalty was killed, the Wild couldn't clear out of their zone, despite Stephane Veilleux practically selling his entire body to the hockey gods to make it happen. Seriously, I lost track of how many times he got hit with the puck in a 45 second span trying to clear the zone.
The third period started even worse. The Islanders managed to tie the game up and left Wild fans everywhere wondering what the hell had just happened. How does a team go from complete domination to looking like the mighty mites in just 20 minutes?
The Wild gave up a goal, scored a goal, and then immediately gave up another goal. Game, set, match.
It's no surprise that I am a huge Yeo backer. The guys that currently (and have in the past) play for him would walk through fire for him. But this type of play is beyond out of control.
I'm not ready to say Yeo has to go, but something needs to change. The leadership in the locker room needs to step up, regardless on if this is a coaching issue or not. If Yeo gets canned, it's not going to turn this team around. It will not help the team play better defense, or score more than their opponent. This is an all around effort from just about every player and coach in the room just not showing up. Or trying too hard to show up, and blowing it completely.