Wild Victimized Again in OT; Lose 4-3

Doug Pensinger

Game 5 saw hard hitting, terrible officiating, and a few more goals. Unfortunately, the Wild were on the wrong side of things...again.

Well, if that doesn't piss you off, you're A) not a Wild fan or, B) don't think that fair hockey is good hockey.

Wild fall in overtime after once again coughing up a lead in the final minutes of the third period. Many, many people from across the league, except in Denver, are complaining about the absolutely terrible officiating in this game. From Gabriel Landeskog cross checking Koivu, then grabbing number 9's stick, getting into a wrestling match, then jumping on Koivu and laying some haymakers to the back of Koivu's head and somehow the referees felt that they should call matching coincidentals, to Paul Stastny carrying the puck over the Wild blue line offside just before the game-tying goal, there were many odd things from the officiating crew transpired.

Officials aside, the Wild just plain didn't make enough plays to win the game. Even though they took the lead with two goals in the third period, they were again victimized by a goal against when Patrick Roy pulled his netminder with roughly two minutes left. Erik Haula had the game on his stick in the waning seconds of the third, but a nice defensive play by the Avs negated his chance as the puck was deflected softly over the net.

With a goal from Matt Moulson, his first of the series, to tie the game at one after the Wild gave up a short-handed tally to Cody McLeod of all people. After falling behind 2-1 in the second period, the Wild came out in the third and found the back of the net twice with goals from Zach Parise and Kyle Brodziak. Things were looking on the up and up until the Wild slipped into prevent mode. Charlie Coyle had an opportunity at the empty net, but he was harassed, molested, and accosted all the down to the Colorado zone and there was no call made by the refs. This then led to the ensuing play in which the Avalanche scored the tying goal by P.A. Parenteau, who was having an atrocious series.

Everyone is either in a drunken rage, or so depressed that they've decided to go hang out at Mile High Hockey.

Game 6 is Monday night at 8 PM. See you then.

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