This past week has been quite a dramatic one for the Wild. After watching a three-goal lead disappear against the Rangers on Monday, the team responded by coming back from two straight two-goal deficits against Boston and San Jose. Apparently no lead is safe this season.
Let's take a look at some stats:
|Total Shots||Unblocked Shot Attempts||Faceoff %||Power Play||Hits|
For a visual representation of how the game went down, check out this awesome chart showing the shot attempt differential from the good people at naturalstattrick.com.
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Play of the Game: Speedy Brodziak
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Kyle Brodziak and speed aren't usually synonymous, but the center showed his burst in the third period to score his second of the game. The goal starts with a nice outlet pass by Nate Prosser to get it to Thomas Vanek. Sharks defenseman Mirco Mueller is forced to cover Vanek as Brent Burns, his defensive partner is caught along the boards and slow to join the play.
Mueller decides to take the player with the puck to stop Vanek's shot. You can see him call out to Burns for him to take Brodziak. The breakdown happens when James Sheppard catches up to Vanek from behind. Burns either never heard Mueller, or he saw Shepperd catch Vanek and assumed Mueller would drop back and cover. Whatever the case, Burns thought Brodziak was covered so he holds up to block a centering pass to Fontaine. Mueller instead gets caught in the middle of the 2 on 1, not really covering anyone and just watching the middle lane. It's not enough to stop an incredible backhand pass from Vanek and it's a tie game. A great burst of speed from Brodziak.
Wild Three Stars
1. Angry Mikko Koivu- Scored a goal in regulation and in the shootout and was dominant all night.
2. Kyle Brodziak- He may have missed a great chance in the first on a breakaway, but he brought his shooting percentage back up with two goals in the third.
3. Charlie Coyle- The former Shark draft pick wanted to show his old team what they missed out on. No points, but still a great game.
Next up: Saturday vs. Dallas Stars, 7:00 PM
Stats collected from www.war-on-ice.com