For the first time in as long as most of us can think back, the Wild managed to walk away from tonight's game with 2 points and a solid win. Hopefully this win is the first in what will be a nice little break from "OMG ARE WE GOING TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS" anxiety attacks that fans have been having (Ok, maybe just * I'M * have anxiety attacks lol).
After this first period, things looked grim. Really grim if we're being honest with ourselves. The Wild were down by two goals, Ilya Bryzgalov looked pretty terrible, and despite the fact that the Wild completely dominated the Wings it seriously looked like there was no coming back in the game.
But then in the second period, something strange happened. The Wild were given a powerplay, and just 11 seconds in Jason Pominville scored the Wild's first goal. Momentum started swing back in the Wild's favor, and there was maybe a little light at the end of the rink.
The third period started and Beastmode Charlie Coyle was back. He tied the game up less than 5 minutes in, and just 2 minutes later Zach Parise gave the Wild their first lead of the game.
Tomas Tatar would tie the game back up halfway through the 3rd, and the teams were destined to head to overtime after that. Both teams are in playoff races in different conferences, so the point was desperately needed on both sides.
It would be Matt Mouslon who scored the game winner after deflecting a Jonas Brodin shot just over two minutes into extra time. Apparently he heard that some people weren't too happy with his performance as of late, and decided to tell us (ok, just me) to sit down and be quiet.
Jonathon Blum looked great tonight, and should be staying with the team through the injuries to Keith Ballard and Clayton Stoner.
Nino Niederreiter played 13:42 TOI, just under what Kyle Brodziak played. This is doubly interesting because Brodziak plays on both the PK and the PP. Ryan Suter played under 30 minutes, and Mikael Granlund (NOT MICHAEL) played just over 20 minutes.
It became clear as the game went on that Mikko Koivu is not 100%. He has been struggling a bit, and just from watching him as long as I have been it was clear something wasn't right. It's possible that he's still not healed from his ankle injury. I'll try to get an update from the team tomorrow or Wednesday.
The Wild face Vancouver on Wednesday at home. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 start time instead of the typical 7pm.