SERIES ON WILDERNESS.
The Wild have hit a new gear, at the perfect time. I won't name names, but a prominent national NHL writer said tonight that he originally had the AVs taking the series but he sees no way that Avs can come back in this series if the Wild continue playing this way.
For the first time in a long time (if you look back at playoff history for this team), the Wild have their destiny in their own hands when it comes to this series. Colorado frankly hasn't bothered to show up for the last two games, and the only reason that they won game one was because the Wild coughed up the lead like a bunch of rookie players.
Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog had no shots in this game. The Avs had EIGHT shots until the last 2 minutes when they were on the powerplay AND had the goalie pulled for a two man advantage.
Speaking of that series of events, I hope everyone caught Mikael Granlund owning the Avs without a stick. Not bad for a kid that was labeled as a first round bust last season.
Darcy Kuemper rocked it tonight. He didn't see many shots, but he kept his cool the whole game and looked exactly like Wild fans expected him to look once he recovered from his concussion. Great to see him doing so well.
Ryan Suter said after the game tonight that it's crazy how calming Kuemper is. Suter basically gave Kuemper all the credit when it comes to how the defense has been able to settle down and slow down opponents plays.
The Wild now have a tough task ahead of them however. They have to win at least one game in Colorado to take this series and move on to the second round. It will be interesting to see just how having last change will affect these two teams.
The best part about tonight is the fact that the Wild will for sure return to the Twin Cities for at least one more playoff game. Game 5 is Saturday night, and Game 6 will be Monday night (time not yet announced).
Celebrate tonight Wilderness. The Wild played a hell of a game and there's no way anyone can say otherwise.