Can I start anyone off with some drinks or appetizers? We feature Coca-Cola products as well as a “Call of the Wild” taping. We’ve also imported Adam Hall directly from New York. Supposed to be delightful.
I will bring you some bread, and in the meantime, you can have a look at the Best Wild Week Ever. I will be right back with those drinks and a clean fork. Enjoy!
Monday, February 5, 2007
If there is a way to kick off the week the right way, it’s by having a pizza party to send a message. That message is, “we’re hungry, and we’re here to party.” If you ask me, pizza parties should be a daily requirement in a work environment, much like many Hispanic cultures incorporate afternoon siestas. Come to think of it, a pizza party followed by a siesta might be the perfect way to break up the day.
Anyway, with the team in sunny Dallas, Texas, Wild management was looking for a way to warm up employees on a bitter cold Monday in February. There’s no better way to start a stampede on Kellogg Boulevard than to tell employees that Davanni’s pizza would be served for lunch at the Iron Range Grill.
The week could end after one day, and it’s already been the Best Wild Week Ever.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
The Wild wrapped up a string of five consecutive road games in Dallas on Tuesday with a nationally televised showdown against the Stars. This one could not be termed pretty, or even decently attractive.
Petteri Nummelin and soon-to-be former Wild player Pascal Dupuis staked Minnesota to an early two-goal lead. Then, the Stars took over and scored the next four goals to run the boys out of Texas, having missed the chance to move into a tie with Dallas for sixth in the Western Conference.
Granted, it was not a great performance, but the winning road trip was still a success, and you always need a little adversity to keep you on your toes in the Best Wild Week Ever.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
| If Mikko Koivu can find the place, he’ll give you a top notch player appearance. |
The team was finally home in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, and of course this means that player appearances can resume in full force. Mikko Koivu
was the featured guest for the season’s final live taping of “Call of the Wild” at The 5-8 Grill & Bar in Champlin.
As noted in a previous BWWE, Koivu has not fully adapted to the freeway situation in the metro area, and he lost his way for a spell. Some extremely helpful fans at The 5-8 were able to supply Koivu with directions and the show went on.
The second-year center turned in a Top Two performance in front of a packed house. Koivu extended his stay when the taping ended to fulfill a multitude of autograph requests from the many youth hockey players in attendance.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman is a busy man, but let’s face it; the guy is human. He can’t always burn the midnight oil in New York City. Just like everybody, he wants to take part in the Best Wild Week Ever too.
The Commish graced us with his presence at the Wild’s home game against the Florida Panthers, but only after indulging in a seven-course meal at Cossetta. I can only assume he kept with the pizza party theme of the week and threw down a monster slice of pepperoni, but I wasn’t privy to the luncheon.
Bettman watched the game from an Xcel Energy Center suite where he saw Mark Parrish, Todd White and Pavol Demitra put the Wild up 3-0. The Panthers crept closer in the third with two goals, but Brent Burns lit the lamp for his second huge goal of the season (his first was the tying goal in that amazing comeback in Nashville on November 16). Burns celebrated by sliding on his knees and nearly colliding with the end boards. It’s actually an underrated celebration right up there with the “running man,” which was perfected by Mike Eruzione in the 1980 Olympics.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Here at BWWE, we hate goodbyes, but we didn’t have a choice on Friday. We were forced to say goodbye to Dupuis, one of the good guys. The Wild traded Dupuis to the New York Rangers in exchange for right wing Adam Hall. It was actually one year to the day after Dupuis and his wife welcomed a new baby into the world and Dupuis had the Best Wild Week Ever.
Dupuis will always hold a special place in our hearts for whacking that floating puck out of midair in Game Seven against Vancouver. He scored two goals in that game, which sent the Wild into the Western Conference Finals, and forced Todd Bertuzzi to “get out his golf clubs.”
Can we just take this moment to wish upon a star that Bertuzzi gets traded to a team that the Wild faces in the playoffs?
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Just because Pascal Dupuis will have a photo erected in the BWWE war room does not mean we won’t give Hall a fair shake. We are very accepting of newcomers here, especially if they’re 6-foot-3 and they start putting up points right away.
One night after getting picked up by President and General Manager Doug Risebrough at the airport, Hall was facing the Carolina Hurricanes and assisting on Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s first period goal, which was the second of four in the stanza. Mark Parrish picked up a marker for the second straight game, and Marian Gaborik scored twice on the power play to open up a 4-1 lead.
Carolina cut the lead to 4-3 by the end of the second period, but Demitra bagged the game-winner for his third point of the night. The Wild hung on for another one-goal victory and a winning record in the Best Wild Week Ever.
| Mark Parrish perfected the art of "floating" while Todd White busted his hump at Pazzaluna. |
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Sunday was technically an off day for the team, but not really. They didn’t have to report to the arena for practice, but they did report for duty at Pazzaluna in downtown St. Paul to serve dinner and make a difference in the lives of children. Wild About Children, An Evening of Fine Dining has become a yearly tradition and a favorite of fans and players alike.
The entire roster waited tables, spun drinks and mingled with customers in a special team event to benefit Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Parrish performed his duties as “floater” to a tee, by welcoming the guests and then sampling some of the adult beverages on hand. Apparently, Parrish wasn’t the only one floating around. White, one of the servers, was overheard complaining about being the only one working hard. Service a smile!
The event was an enormous success, both financially and spiritually. And the host site for the evening was one of many…
…That Had The Best Wild Week Ever?
| Cossetta welcomed Gary Bettman (not pictured) and shared in the Best Wild Week Ever. |
Downtown St. Paul restaurants. Working in St. Paul, I’ve found there is no shortage of good eatin’ within walking distance from the Xcel Energy Center. And we all know that these places clean up on Wild and Swarm game nights and concert dates. We also already went in depth on how Davanni’s came through in the clutch on Monday.
The Wild had two game nights on Thursday and Saturday, meaning fans could take in West Seventh treats like Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub, Cossetta McGovern’s, The Liffey, Chico Chica, The Downtowner Woodfire Grill or Eagle Street Grille. Or they may have shuffled over towards the St. Paul Grill, Sakura, Pazzaluna, Great Waters, Fhima’s, Wild Tymes, Kincaid’s, Tratorria da Vinci or Matty B’s.
Not only did these places clean up on event nights, but two establishments in particular benefited from some serious pluggage. Gary Bettman raved about the food at Cossetta, while Pazzaluna received four stars from everybody in attendance at Wild About Children.
And no, this is not a veiled attempt to promote these places and score some gift certificates. It’s an all out blatant attempt. Congratulations nearby restaurants! You’re having the Best Wild Week Ever!