If you learned anything from last nights game, you don't need an almost handicapping-ly beard to block shots in Minnesota. Wow.
To those who missed both the game and last night's game recap, the young guns were on absolute fire. Mikael Granlund literally did everything. EVERYTHING. From being strong on the forecheck to keeping possession everywhere to setting up near perfect plays to blocking a series of shots without a stick, on the PK, with less than a minute left, in a 2-1 hockey game. Just to clarify, Erik Gudbranson, Brett Connolly and Alex Burmistrov (don't forget Nino!!!!) were picked before last night's #1 Star in the 2010 draft. #InFletchWeTrust
As much as NBC would like you to believe, FDG (Finnish Demi-God) didn't pull off the win alone. Justin Fontaine had a very, and I mean VERY, strong outing last night. Forechecking hard and effectively, finishing checks, and funneling AvNot wingers up the boards into a hit via Nino Niederreiter/Erik Haula. Speaking of the two, Nino was simply amazing on when it came to applying pressure to the oncoming breakout and really established himself as a physical presence behind the net. Give this guy a contract already.
But oh man, that OTHER Finnish youngster of the hour was, well, amazing, too. Establishing himself as an elite PKer in the league, Erik Haula picked off passes from the opposing PP in ways Minnesota hasn't seen for year. Matt Cooke didn't appear to be missed in any way, shape, or form on the PK. Don't even get me started on his forecheck and neutral zone play. (Hint: it was flawless.) The kid is something special, especially for a 7th round pick. Your move, Tyler Graovac.
Other than that, everyone played a pretty strong game. As per the usual, there was a costly breakout pass/clear that immediately resulted in a goal, but it was at the fault of Jonas Brodin's, apparently decided to meet Jared Spurgon's quota for him. PROGRESS!
Be sure to check along throughout the day, as we'll be throwing up our usual content....throughout the day.
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Or did FDG really split the tide himself?
It was 17 years ago that Bob Naegele Jr. first conferred with then-St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman about the long-shot possibility of bringing an NHL team to town. On Thursday night, more than 19,000 rabid fans jammed into the Xcel Energy Center to root for their hometown team in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
I've got one of those types on my HS team, and its the worst. I was the first man in on the forecheck, drove the carrier to the boards and funneled him into a hit for F2, F2 finishes the check and I pin the carrier on the boards, and F3 decides to jump into the corner for no logical reason. Yet, F2 calls me out for not being the 3rd man high. /rant.
Hate to see them go, but they'll be back.
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lol HOCKEY IN FLORIDA?
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Meh. More hockey.