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The Wild found a way to wrangle a point from a game that they didn't deserve one.

Darcy ROBS Kopitar with his right pad.
Darcy ROBS Kopitar with his right pad.
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Escaping Los Angeles with a point is a victory in the context of the way the game was played.  Fortunately, the Wild get a day to recuperate after sleepwalking through the first 2 periods and showing wear from playing the night before.  There were still too many penalties, but the power play continued to be effective, scoring for the 4th consecutive game.  The PK also surrendered a goal, as the whole team was suffering from dead legs.

We did get to see our first official 3-on-3 overtime.  We learned that Mike Yeo is continuing the strategy he laid out in the preseason with 2 forwards and a defenseman on each unit.  There was some speculation that the coach may take a more conservative approach when the games counted, but it looks as though we will get to see the continued fireworks and excitement we saw in the preseason. Darcy Kuemper was also great and made a number of amazing stops and it would have been easy to say he stole the game if the Wild could have found a way to win.  After one game, it looks like he could handle the back up role competently, as long as he can carry over this performance into the next.  Great place to start though.

Next up is the Ducks, who were shut out for the third time in 4 games tonight by the Avalanche.  That game is Sunday in Anaheim.  Today's music is dedicated to Los Angeles for not losing for the first time this season.


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