Preseason Game No. 3: Wild 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)

Posted on September 21st, 2007 – 11:15 PM
By Michael Russo

Crazy game. Went from 2-0  to 3-2 in like two seconds.

Mikko Koivu, wearing the captain’s C like Canadiens brother Saku Koivu, scored a hat trick, including the winner with 5.3 ticks left.

First of all, I think they’ll make cuts tomorrow. When we asked about the kids and cuts to Jacques, he looked at us and said, “We (he and management) need to talk. I’m tired.”

I think Jacques’ ready to get close to his team. Most the kids showed little tonight, except Petr Kalus again showed very positive signs of being a player and Aaron Voros was solid, leading both teams with seven hits.

Mark Parrish assisted on two of Koivu’s goals, even though again blind off-ice officials only saw one.  The chemistry is big because Jacques wants Parrish and Koivu playing together, right now with Branko Radivojevic. Although, Stephane Veilleux was outstanding there tonight.

“It helps that we’ve played together before,” Koivu said of Parrish. “He’s always battling for the puck and for a centerman, that’s huge.”

Lemaire played Kalus for the third game in a row. He again was snakebit.

“[I like his] speed, he’s on the puck, he battles for the puck, he’ll make the odd plays,” Lemaire said before the game. “What he also shows me is he doesn’t score,” a reference to several close calls but no goals.

Lemaire was very unhappy with Brent Burns’ game tonight. He went for a steal in the neutral zone and missed on one goal and left the strongside on Sergei Samsonov’s tying goal at the regulation buzzer to send the game into OT.

“My Lord. My Lord,” Lemaire said of Burns’ game. “He must have forgot the playbook he had last year. I don’t know if he lost it or what.”

Trying to think if there’s anything else. Hmmm. Patrick Kane is damn good. Kid had one and one, although I think the off-ice officials missed an assist on the tying goal. I remember him dumping the puck on his backhand seconds before.

He’ll be playing the Wild on Opening Night in Minnesota. I got great stuff today on the kid for a future story.

Early flight back to Minny…

Kent Youngblood is covering for me tomorrow at practice. He’ll hopefully blog. I wrote a big story on Derek Boogaard for Sunday’s paper, mostly on his family, from when I traveled to his hometown of Regina, Sask., in July. I went with photographer Carlos Gonzalez, whom I believe will be posting a slideshow on the web site.

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