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Glen Andresen's Five Takeaways at Colorado

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild

March 4: vs. Colorado

March 2:
at Detroit

March 1:
at Montreal

Feb. 28:
vs. Los Angeles

Feb. 26:
vs. San Jose
Typically 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 7-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche:

When Cody McLeod scores his team’s seventh goal of the night, you know it was not a good night. The Minnesota Wild’s 7-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche was just ugly. Even before the opening puck drop, the news was bad. Cal Clutterbuck couldn’t play due to not feeling well, so the Wild’s injured list grew by one more.

Then, there was another early goal by the opponent, a whole bunch of scrums and then a four-goal second period outburst by Colorado that brought back images of Johnny Lawrence working over Daniel Larusso on a Santa Monica beach in front of "Ali with an I."

The Avalanche played with more desperation throughout the game, leaving Wild players and coaches deflated.

“We feel for our fans,” said Head Coach Mike Yeo. “We want to have a good product on the ice for them. We want to give them something to be proud of.”

There are a lot of images from tonight’s game that I’d just assume erase from memory altogether, and seeing McLeod’s goal is at the top of that list. But I don’t ever want to forget the sight of Matt Kassian on a breakaway.

This wasn’t a case of him coming out of the penalty box and getting hit with a clearing attempt while skating 25 feet behind the D. Kassian actually turned on the jets to blow past Stefan Elliott and track down the puck before moving in alone on Semyon Varlamov.

But, in keeping with the theme of nothing going right, Kassian was denied by Varlamov.

The Wild ended a lengthy goal-scoring drought on a penalty shot goal by Devin Setoguchi in the third period. The Wild was already down by five when he converted. It was the Wild’s 14th successful penalty shot and the 25th overall attempt.

You hate to see a division rival get one of those special players on their team. We’ve already dealt with seeing Jarome Iginla, Joe Sakic and the Sedins torment us over the years. Now, the Avs look to have another in Gabriel Landeskog.

You can watch this kid for one shift, and it’s apparent how skilled he is, and how much of a competitor he is. Landeskog didn’t score, but finished with a pair of assists, was a +2, fired seven shots and doled out six hits.

He will be a shoo-in for the Calder Trophy, but I worry that he also might be a perennial Hart Trophy candidate in the not-too-distant future.

Kurtis Foster played very sparingly tonight, and almost didn’t play at all. His back “seized up” on him prior to gametime, but he still gave it a go. If Foster’s condition doesn’t improve, the Wild may have to make an emergency callup of a defenseman. If it’s Chay Genoway, Tyler Cuma or Drew Bagnall, we’ll be seeing the 45th player to put on the Wild sweater this season. We still have a month to go!
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