And the kids still continue to hold that fort down.
The shorthanded Minnesota Wild had the Edmonton Oilers come to the Xcel Center, and as it was in the days of yore, the Wild took it to them. They didn't need no Josh Harding (but please bring him back soon). They didn't need no Jared Spurgeon (but please bring him back soon). They didn't need no Zach Parise (but please bring him back soon). They didn't need no Mikko Koivu (but, again, please bring him back soon).
It started back in the first period, where Mikael Granlund made a fantastic play to take a puck from Martin Marincin and threw it out where Jason Pominville could put it in the net for his 19th goal of the year. That was pretty cool. And then in the second period, Jordan Eberle was all like, "Hey guys, we're really offensively gifted" and then showed it by making some nice moves around Wild defenders and popping in a goal.
It was all Wild from there, though. Later in the period, Jason Pominville intercepted a clearing attempt from Justin Schultz, and passed it to Nate Prosser, who gave Anthony LaPanta opportunities to say "Elk River" by slapping a goal past Ben Scrivens for the first of the year. Not long after, Matt Cooke laid out Nail Yakupov, which started a rush going the other way that culminated in Justin Fontaine scoring his 12th of the season.
The Wild pretty much did what they ought to do against a bad team, which is win. But credit where it's due, they've done excellent work these last two weeks, and they maintained the cushion that they have on Phoenix, and will probably tie Vancouver tonight, and have a chance to gain ground on Dallas.
Speaking of Dallas, they'll be squaring off against them in a home-and-home against them starting on Saturday. So rest up for that.
Good night, guys, I'll be getting the Walk up for tomorrow.