For the Minnesota Wild, last nights loss against the San Jose Sharks sang like a familiar tune, with one additional caveat. The Wild were about as terrible in the faceoff circle as I have ever seen. Winning just 30% will not do the job when you have to go up against a power house squad like the Sharks, and on their ice no less.
The Wild get a couple days to learn the art of faceoffs before they stroll into the house that Gordon Bombay built to take on the Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks on Tuesday. I don't have much else to say about last nights game that I didn't already cover in the recap. So without further ado, on to them links!
Wild secures a point in San Jose, but loses in OT | Star Tribune
A 2 - 0 lead in San Jose is never safe.
Minnesota Wild: The transformation of Matt Cooke | isportsweb
Matt Cooke has altered his play in recent years and excelled less glamorous areas to become one of the most valuable players for the Minnesota Wild.
Sharks 3, Wild 2 (OT): After fast start, Minnesota fades and falls - TwinCities.com
What was most disappointing to Wild coach Mike Yeo wasn't that his team blew a two-goal lead in Saturday night's 3-2 overtime loss.
Tending the Fields
AHL: Wild take first OT victory | The Des Moines Register | desmoinesregister.com
Kyle Medvec's goal 2:26 into overtime lifted the Iowa Wild to yet another American Hockey League road win Saturday.
Mallards snap four-game losing streak | Quad-City Times
The Quad-City Mallards snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Brampton Beast on Thursday night at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ont.
Off the Trail
Gophers hockey: U wins North Star College Cup title in shootout - TwinCities.com
The inaugural North Star College Cup goes to the Minnesota Gophers who break a 4 - 4 tie with a shootout win (2 - 0) over the UMD Bulldogs.
NHL Capsules - The Hockey News
Report: NHL players have contingency plans if violence strikes Olympic Games | ProHockeyTalk
There are security worries leading into the Games.
Steve Mason’s new mask features zombie Claude Giroux, zombie Wayne Simmonds (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is pretty sweet, if you're into zombies and such.
Waiver wire: Samuelsson waived by Detroit, O’Brien by Calgary | ProHockeyTalk
The AHL could be in their future.
Ducks dominate at Dodger Stadium, shut out Kings in NHL outdoor game | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Burying the lead here, the ice in fact did not melt!