Monday, March 3, 2008

Gm # 66: Wild vs. Kings (3/4)

The Minnesota Wild is 3-0-0 with Chris Simon in the lineup.

Risebrough for Governor!

Martin Skoula looked like Bobby Orr in scoring the GWG last night.

Martin Skoula for Mayor of St. Paul!

The Wild has won each of their last seven victories by a margin of one goal each.

Jacques Lemaire for TUMS spokesman!

While it might be imprudent to start planning the parade route after beating the Lightning, Panthers and Kings (29th, t27th, and 30th in the NHL, respectively), these games do represent "fair ups" in that each of our NW division brothers gets to play them too.

The Wild was a little taken aback by the Kings energy and spunk to start the game, but Backstrom bailed them out in the first period, only allowing the one goal. They then got things together in the second and only superlative play from the debuting Erik Ersberg kept the Kings in it the rest of the way.

Skoula's goal was a thing of beauty. And it more than made for a giveaway earlier in the game.

Gaby's first game as a captain went pretty well, and his tip of Burnsie's shot for the first Wild goal was perfect. I noticed him backchecking several times in that game (he's been doing that much more consistently overall for a while now).

Overall a good 2-points, and a win in a game you probably should win.

Season series
Overall: Wild lead 2-0-1 (GF 7, GA 6)
In Minny: Wild lead 1-0-0 (GF 2, GA 1)
In LA: Wild lead 1-0-1 (GF 5, GA 5)

CHICKEN LITTLE SAYS: It would be nice to take control of these games from the opening face off.

POLLYANNA SAYS: Nothing wrong with a little scoring depth!

BOTTOM LINE: Two points, and hopefully a new level of confidence for Skoula.

STUD: Skoula crashes the net in OT and scores the GWG. This one was automatic.

DUD: Branko's hooking penalty late in the third was stupid. That's the second time in a couple weeks he's done that.


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