In the Wild's first home game since the Olympic break, the team left a lot to be desired. The Flames, while having some success this season, were definitely a team that the Wild should have been able to beat with their eye closed.
Yet, after the first the score was 0-0. After the second it was 1-1.
Kyle Brodziak netted his 5th goal of the season after Reto Berra found himself out of the net during play. Apparently Brodziak is really good at getting goals when there isn't anyone in it. Yeo should utilize that.
Towards the end of the second, the Flames tied the game up after Mikko Koivu deflected a puck directly at Dennis Wideman. Wideman passed the puck to Mike Cammalleri who was on the other side of the rink and Darcy Kuemper never had a chance.
The third saw some more action, and it appeared for a while that the Wild had a grip on the game. Jared Spurgeon scored his first goal since October with a beautiful set up and play by the power play unit. Charlie Coyle and Dany Heatley had a party going on in front of the Berra and Mikael Granlund gift-wrapped a pass to Spurgeon.
Wild fans exhaled a lot when Zach Parise scored with just a few minutes left in the game to make it 3-1. Those dreams were quickly killed when the Flames marched right back down the ice to score their 2nd goal and bring it within one.
Thankfully, Kuemper stood strong again and managed to stop the barrage of shots at the end of the period and help the team come away with 2 points. After the game he talked about how it was actually a tough game for him because there were so many periods of time where he saw little to no action.
The really bright spot of tonight was the power play units. For as long as most fans can remember, the power play has been terrible. Tonight both units looked great, and took a fair number of shots. Hopefully the team can continue finding success with these units.
Up next for the Wild is a four-day break, with the trade deadline right in the middle. After that the team heads to Dallas, where they hope to find another two points in an arena that they've always had trouble finding success in. The nice thing is that they have a 9 pt cushion in the playoff race now.