By Wild Road Tripper
The Minnesota Wild took to the ice at HP Pavilion at San Jose Saturday night with a new attitude, new coach, a handful of new players and renewed optimism. The San Jose Sharks let the optimism run for awhile; then in just over half a period, crushed that optimism like so many empty cans of soda, defeating the Wild 4-2 in front of 17,562. The Sharks had plenty of help, as 10 different players shared in the scoring.
Wild offense: Until an ill-timed letdown midway thru the second period, the Wild actually outshot the Sharks, then the Wild did not get a shot on Evgeni Nabokov the last 8:45 of the second period. The night went downhill from there.
Wild defense: Nick Schultz was a -2. Again. For the second straight night. Brent Burns? -2 also. Kim Johnsson? Two penalties. Need I say more?
Sharks Offense: Ten different players with points, led by Patrick Marleau (2 G, 1 A). And they were trying to move this guy in the last off-season. Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don't make.
Sharks Defense: Stiffened up in the middle of the second period, giving Nabokov a needed rest. By the time the Wild figured out what was going on, the result had been determined.
Leader: Marleau. He may have lost the Captain's 'C', but not his desire.
Lagger: Schultz. Could it be that getting in the play offensively be affecting what got him to the NHL in the first place?
Stud: Nabokov. Held the Sharks in the game when they really needed it.
Dud: Burns. Minus -2. Took on too much and left the Wild open for rushes the other direction.
The Assembled Multitude was seen last running away with a number of Raiders-fans-in-training after them. Comments were made 'On the Run':
Chicken Little: A record of 1-3 shows that you are indeed in the running...for the #1 draft pick! Now, if DR didn't trade it away, the Wild may have something to look forward to!
Pollyanna: It's only Game 4, Chicken Little! The sky is not falling yet! The Wild never play well in San Jose, so let's move on from there!
Bottom Line: The Wild played two games last night. The first game, they won 2-0. The second game, they were blown out, 4-0. Sadly, only the second one counted in the standings.
Next: at Anaheim, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 9:00 PM Central (7:00 PM Pacific) Time. (TV: FSNorth, FSWisconsin, FSPrime Ticket, all feeds in HD; XM Ch. 205)