It was just one of those games. Minnesota tilted the ice towards the Anaheim end nearly all game long. They hurled 37 shots on the Ducks net and even had five power plays. But nothing was going to get by Ducks starting goaltender John Gibson. Not even the kitchen sink.
I’m seriously surprised the Wild didn’t rip one of the sinks out of the bathrooms and try and push that into the net.
There was literally nothing I would’ve change about the way the Wild went about this game. They pressured all night long, were pinching and forcing turnovers at the Ducks’ line, and crashed the net. Anaheim is one of the top teams in the West and the Wild thoroughly dominated chances and shots, and had a relentless forecheck. The only low-event in a rather high-event game was the puck going in the net and the red light behind the goalie being lit.
It happened once.
Something called “Joseph Cramarossa” would get the lone goal of the game. Corey Perry’s shot from the outer rim of the right faceoff circle would handcuff Devan Dubnyk and Cramarossa, who was crashing the net, wouldn’t get picked up by Nate Prosser and stuff in the rebound.
That’s all the scoring in the game.
Minnesota put 13 shots on goal on their five man advantages and came into the game as the top home power play in the league. This will hurt that percentage a bit.
The Wild had five players with four shots on goal. - Charlie Coyle, Mikko Koivu, Jason Zucker, Jason Pominville, and Ryan Suter. In the second period, the Wild outshot the Ducks 16-4 alone.
The crowd on hand was money; all 19,047 in attendance. So money, they don’t even know how many they were. The building was buzzing and was starved for a reason to explode.
Sometimes you just have to tip your cap and stick tap the pads to the other team; in this case, John Gibson. Wild lose 1-0.