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 5-4 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks.
This is starting to get silly. The Minnesota Wild has won four games in a row, and they’ve trailed in every single one of them. The last three, they’ve been trailing in the third period. Two of the last three, they’ve been down by two. But of all four, none was more amazing than Friday night’s 5-4 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
The Wild’s top line willed this victory tonight. Not much I can say other than point out the numbers:
Antti Miettinen – two goals, including two tying goals, and an assist, followed by a tally in the shootout. He now has five goals in his last five games.Mikko Koivu
– Two goals and an assist, nine shots, a +2 rating.
Andrew Brunette – Three assists and a +2 rating.
“The Koivu line was excellent,” said coach Todd Richards in the understatement of the night.
|Steve Perry should get honorary star of the game tonight. |
Never, ever, ever underestimate the power of Journey. Wild down by two with five minutes to play. During a TV timeout, the distinct piano rhythm of “Don’t Stop Believin’” echoes through the P.A. system. Five seconds later, Koivu scores to trim the Anaheim lead to 4-3. Now, if a song can close out the series finale of The Sopranos, it can certainly rally a hockey team from down two goals. This is no coincidence, folks. Don’t let the look of Steve Perry (no relation to Corey) fool you. He’s the only guy in history to pull off the suspenders with jeans over a T-shirt, and he is going to do his darndest to rally your team to victory.
I haven’t been as scared of one line this season as I was every time Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Joffrey Lupul stepped onto the ice tonight. These guys, along with Bobby Ryan, had it going on. Lupul scored twice with two absolute rockets. Ryan scored twice with two great plays from the high slot. Getzlaf had three assists. Perry had one assist and five shots on goal. He now has points in 20 of his last 21 games. It took an astounding effort from the Wild’s top line to overshadow these guys.
I’m not sure what the Wild record is for comeback wins in a season, and it’s Friday night and I’m in a press box, so I’m not going to look it up right now. But man, I don’t remember the Wild coming from behind this many times in an entire 82-game season. The Wild has trailed in eight of its 12 victories, and this was the third rally from two goals down. Of course, the first one was also against Anaheim, when Minnesota actually trailed by three goals in the third period and ended up winning in overtime on a goal from Brunette.
I like watching George Parros fight Wild players for three reasons: 1) He went to Princeton, and when I picture guys from Princeton, I picture guys in expensive polo shirts and sweater vests, or schizophrenic math geniuses. I don’t picture fighters. 2) He has that crazy mustache that he actually thinks looks good, rather than doing it for charity, and 3) He almost always gets pummeled. John Scott KO’d him the last time the Ducks came to the Xcel Energy Center, and tonight, it was Derek Boogaard’s turn. He didn’t land a KO, but he kept Parros looking like a freakish bobblehead with some vicious haymakers.
|Both of these guys went to Princeton? |