It's almost impossible to find a place to start with this game. The Wild have been completely snakebitten, and regardless of what a few people have stated, it hasn't been for lack of trying or a lack of quality shots.
The Wild ended the game with 41 shots in an arena that is known to be pretty stingy when it comes to rewarding shots on goal. Overall, this was a game that makes fans shake their heads and wonder how exactly the Wild managed to walk away without 2pts.
Just 17 seconds into the game, Charlie Coyle laid a hit on Artem Anisimov that the refs considered to be a shot to the head. Brandon Dubinsky took exception to the hit, and dropped the gloves for a fight that Coyle clearly won.
However, Columbus ended up coming out as the overall winner with Coyle being given a fighting major along with a match penalty and was sent to the showers. GM Chuck Fletcher was absolutely livid, and it's entirely possible that the fans in the lower bowl could hear his displeasure with the call.
The Wild had an insane amount of chances to score a goal in the first, but no one could finish. Kyle Brodziak held on to the puck a few seconds too long on what would have been a sure goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky was able to jump out of his crease and gobble it up.
Clayton Stoner decided he didn't want to be left out of the fighting fun, and went toe to toe with Jared Boll in a fight that left Stoner looking like a school kid getting his lunch money taken.
Then, FINALLY, Jack Johnson managed to take a puck shot in by Pierre-Marc Bouchard and give it a tap with his skate to pop it in the net for a Minnesota Wild goal. It is certainly nice to have a giant mistake that results in an own goal benefit the Wild for once.
The second period started off with an appearance from the team who had been impersonating the Wild for the last few games. Horrible play over all, they were unable to clear the zone with guys just standing around, and suddenly the Wild were down 2-1.
After the game, Devin Setoguchi said the team "had a mental lapse for ten minutes." Coach Mike Yeo basically said the same thing in his presser.
Even though the Wild continued to be in control of the puck for the rest of the 2nd, they were marred with horrible mistakes. The end of the 2nd ended up with the Wild taking a penalty for too many men on the ice, because of course they did.
The 3rd period saw more of the same. Wild dominated the play, but were not able to convert anything into the net. Finally, on a power play from a dangerous cross-check on Cal Clutterbuck and with just over 3 minutes left in the game, Jason Pominville hit one home to tie the game up.
After neither team scored in OT (shots ended 41-22 for the Wild BTW) the game went to a shoot out. Both Zach Parise and Mikko Koivu failed to score, while Niklas Backstrom let in both shots and Columbus walked away with two points to the Wild's one.
Ryan Suter talked to the media after the game and said he's "feeling good, it was good to get a little break there." Considering he played 30:29, it's a safe bet that he is actually feeling better and it was only a slight injury.
At his post game press conference, Yeo said that Matt Cullen would be making the trip, and that Jason Zucker played a fantastic game.
He also talked about Coyle's hit on Anisimov and said "The way I see it, it was a great hit and we should be on the power play." Both Yeo and Fletcher said it was a clean hit. Hopefully Brendan Shanahan sees it the same way.
The Wild take on Calgary next with a game on Monday night. The game is in Calgary and will be on at 8pm CST.