Was this the same team we saw play so well last night?
Or is this all an aberration, a result of my own illness?
Whatever it was, the Minnesota Wild sure gave away two points Tuesday night in the last game prior to the All-Star break, as the Los Angeles Kings thumped the Wild 5-2 at Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild, on the second night of a back-to-back turn, saw their second night record drop to 2-6 on the season as Marek Zidlicky and Owen Nolan scored for the Wild. The main reason the Wild lost, however, was 3 LA goals in 1:14 in the second period, brought on by the lack of support by his defensemen, most specifically Marc-Andre Bergeron, who wound up with a -3 for the night. 'Queen MAB' couldn't handle the younger, larger and stronger LA lineup, and was out of position most of the evening.
Josh Harding relieved Niklas Backstrom for the third period, as the Kings had already done the damage by that point.
Chicken Little: Backstrom should sue for non-support after the second period.
Pollyanna: Hey, what are we going to do during the All-Star break?
Bottom Line: The Kings' younger, stronger lineup give the Wild fits. If the Kings played the Wild 8 times a season instead of 4, they might make the playoffs. The Wild collective heads were just not into this game, maybe looking forward to the All-Star break a bit too much.
Stud: No one in a Wild sweater deserved stud status tonight.
Dud: 'Queen MAB', Marc-Andre Bergeron. -3 on the evening, and he looked lost out there all night long. I know we weren't supposed to expect much when we got him, but a little 'D' now 'n' then would really help the effort.
Next: vs. Toronto, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7 PM Central (8 PM Eastern) Time, Xcel Energy Center (TV: KSTC-45, SportsNet Ontario (in HD), XM Ch. 239)