Friday, October 24, 2008

How To Lose A Game In 5 Minutes

Oh, boy. Where do you start? the beginning would probably be a good place.

The Wild got outplayed by far in the first period, and Backstrom was under siege the whole time. Most notably, he made a great save on Max Afinogenov on a rebound out in front and Backstrom made a great glove save.

Former North Dakota Fighting Sioux player Drew Stafford. He made a great move to the backhand to slip it past Backstrom. Backstrom had almost no chance on the move and he had no defensive help. Great goal.

The Second, and most of the third belonged to Minnesota. This time it was Miller under siege, as the majority of the second was played in the Sabers end.

The Wild Scoring was opened by Benoit Puliot, his second on the year. More important than that, Burns made a great play in the Wild defensive zone to prevent a chance that got the puck off Vanek's stick and onto Puliot's

Most impressive however, was that Boogard got the first assist on Puliot's goal (yes that Boogard)

After a Veilleux off a deflection, the Wild were up 2-1.

I nominate Burns's goal for the wierdest of the year. Brent Burns dumped the puck in, and Miller went out to play the puck. Somehow, Burns got his stick on the clearing pass, deflecting the Miller pass in his own net to put the Wild up 3-1.

The Wheels fell off fast for the Wild. Instead tof the Wild tightening up like Jaques intended when he called the timeout, the Wild sat back too far.

A deflection by Paetsch, and a goal by former Minnesota Gopher Vanek tied it up.

In OT, Derek Roy somehow tucked the puck behind Backstrom amist a scrum in the crease.