Following Wild games, Managing Editor Glen Andresen will give the five takeaways that he'll remember from each contest. Tonight, he looks back at a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
The Minnesota Wild’s 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks would normally go down as one of those forgettable games were it not for some bizarre incidents, which we will get to later. The bottom line for takeaway number one is the Wild just did not have its juju tonight. The game started off poorly as the depleted Ducks took control, and the good guys just lacked the spark it’s had for most of December.
Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller was hardly tested until late in the game, but even as the Wild had two power plays in the closing minutes, he only had to make a couple big stops. Every season is going to have some games like this, and the Wild has had very few in December. Only the loss in Ottawa comes to mind as far as ugly losses in the month. The Wild has a scheduled day off tomorrow, which is much needed.
Two second period fights yielded some of the strangest sights you’ll ever see. First, Derek Boogaard fought
Nick Boynton, which was surprising when you consider that Boynton gives up about seven inches and 50 pounds. That wasn’t the bizarre part, however. Before the fight was over, both linesmen jumped in to break it up despite there not really being a clear end to the scrum. Tony Sericolo was one of the linesmen and he took a Boogaard punch right to the ribs.
You’d think seeing the sight of his fellow linesman in agony after taking a kidney thump from one of the biggest fighters in the game would discourage Lonnie Cameron from doing the save. Sometimes, it’s best not to think logically when you’re talking about refs. Right off a faceoff, John Scott and Troy Bodie dropped the gloves. Before they could throw a punch, Cameron jumped in the middle so stop the fight. Scott obviously thought it was a joke and pushed Cameron out of the way so he could get at Bodie. No dice. Cameron again jumped in there and held Scott back.
No Ryan Getzlaf. No Teemu Selanne. No Joffrey Lupul. That’s a lot of firepower missing from the Ducks lineup, but Bobby Ryan had enough to go around for his team. The guy that was previously most well known for being the consolation prize in the 2005 Sidney Crosby sweepstakes, scored two big goals tonight, and he set up another. Ryan now has 19 goals this season, which is only four shy of Crosby’s 23.
It was the final Koivu vs. Koivu battle of the season tonight, and the edge in total points goes to Mikko. With two assists tonight, Mikko posted three goals and three helpers in six games against the Ducks. Saku also picked up a pair of assists tonight, giving him three points (1-2=3) in the four matchups.
Apparently, the bizarre actions of the linesmen spilled over into the stands tonight. Coming back from a commercial, the Fox Sports North cameras showed the Arby’s “Fans of the Game” featuring two Wild fans posing with an Anaheim fan. It was a sweet moment, until the Anaheim fan decided to run over to the aisle to attack Ducks mascot “Wild Wing” with a bear hug from behind. That brought in a security guard who looked to be having a dickens of a time as he tried to pry the man off as the cameras cut away. This is why I need to be at all road games. Not to provide in-depth coverage, but to see what happened to this mascot-attacking maniac.