First, as an update to the bottom of this blog, which was put up before the game, Dan Terhaar did not pass his kidney stone. But the suspense is killing him! How about that? Two Cozmo Kramer references in one day (see previous blog).
Eight nights ago, the Wild was first in the division. Now, it’s tied with eighth-place Nashville with 31 points.
So much for setting a new Wild record for longest winning streak (10) against one opponent. The Coyotes beat the Wild for the first time since Nov. 14, 2006.
The Wild’s dropped three games in a row. Just looked this up, in the six games prior, the Wild went 13 for 32 on the power play and scored 26 goals. In the three games since, 0 for 11 on the power play and two goals. Minnesota was 0 for 5 tonight. The first two power plays, the Wild did everything but beat Ilya Bryzgalov. He made eight saves on the two disadvantages.
As Antti Miettinen — the lone Wild goal scorer said tonight — it was truly “shocking” the way the second period ended. The Wild was 27 seconds from taking a 0-0 tie into the third against what was supposed to be a tired team that played the night before in Texas.
Instead, Marc-Andre Bergeron dropped his stick behind the net. I said out loud to my colleague, “This … will … not … be … good. Guaranteed.” Boom, goal, by the Michalek brother that’s not the awesome Michalek brother from San Jose.
Then, as I wrote in the gamer, Mikko Koivu should have taken a knee and the 1-0 deficit to the third. Instead, he tried to create something out of zippo. He tried to beat three guys at the Coyotes’ blue line. As Terry Murray — the current Kings coach — once told me in Ottawa after two Dan Boyle turnovers, there’s few worse places to turn a puck over than the offensive blue line.
Ironically, and you’ll know what I mean if you read this morning’s blog and Friday’s game notebook, Phoenix exploded out of the zone on a … THREE-ON-ONE. Well, Niklas Backstrom should have been ready for this considering he exploded after all the 3-on-1′s he faced this morning. But Peter Mueller perfectly set up for the same type of Olli Jokinen one-timer I’ve seen in person a million times.