They came. They sucked. They left.
And who are 'They'?
The Minnesota Wild, whose pathetic efforts Friday night in the Pengrowth Saddledome led to a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of the Calgary Flames, who clinch the season series with their 4th head-to-head victory (of 6 total games to be played) this season.
Getting no help from in front of him most of the night, Niklas Backstrom was pretty much left to fend for himself as two Calgary goals in the first 38 seconds of the second period doomed the Wild to their fifth loss in their last seven games, as Michael Cammallieri, soon-to-be UFA who came over from Los Angeles prior to this season, scored twice to lead the Flames to victory, their seventh in their last nine games.
The Wild drop to a sickening 1-13-2 in the 'Dome in their last 16 games, dating back to the 2006-07 season. However, due to the schedule, they willl not have a lot of time to think about it, as they moved on to Edmonton following the game for tonight's nationally-televised (in Canada) game vs. the Oilers, who themselves did not manage a goal in their last game Thursday vs. Columbus.
Chicken Little: Blow up the whole thing and start over if this is the best they can do during a playoff drive.
Pollyanna: Backstrom kept them in this one, who knows how bad it would have become otherwise!
Bottom Line: On the start of a six-game, 10-day road trip, this was not the way you wanted to start it. This game sucked. If they keep playing like this, they're out of the playoff hunt.
Stud: The only guy who showed up tonight. Backstrom.
Dud: Everyone else on the Wild not wearing No. 32.
Next: at Edmonton, Saturday (tonight!) 9 PM Central (8 PM Mountain) Time, Rexall Place. (TV: FSNorth, CBC(in HD), NHL Network-US; XM NHL Home Ice, Ch. 204)