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Glen Andresen's Five Takeaways vs. Carolina

by Glen Andresen / Minnesota Wild

March 11: vs. Calgary

March 8:
at Phoenix

March 4:
vs. Colorado

March 2:
at Detroit

March 1:
at Montreal
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 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes:

I’m willing to bet that the sellout crowd that saw the Minnesota Wild’s 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes got over this one pretty quick. As soon as they left the building, they encountered sunny weather with temps in the mid-70’s and a swarm of, let’s call them happy folks who are clad in green and enjoying the festivities that surround St. Patrick’s Day.

All they need is a some corned beef and cabbage to distill the taste of going up 3-1 in the second period, only to see the lead disappear and the enemy take both points. Xcel Energy Center is turning into the building where leads go to die.

But Head Coach Mike Yeo won't have as easy of a time. He was seething in his postgame press conference and is not happy about certain aspects of the Wild's play, expecially after getting a two-goal lead.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” said Yeo. “It’s hard to put it into words right now.”

It sure does feel good to have Kyle Brodziak locked up for the three seasons beyond this one. Once again, he proved how valuable he is to this team, and this time he did it with his offense. Brodziak got the Wild on the board with a slick backhand when the team was struggling just to get a shot on net.

He then was the primary set up man for both goals in the second period with one exceptional apple on Erik Christensen’s power play goal. It was the fourth time in his career that he’s put up three points in a game and he’s now equaled his career high of 37 points established last season.

Yeo addressed the media an hour before puck drop, and after he took a few jabs at me for my St. Patty’s Day attire, he addressed the Wild’s injury situation. There was some speculation that both Mikko Koivu and Niklas Backstrom would be available to return for today’s game. Yeo put the kibosh on that.

The team is going to give both players a little more time to recover from their injuries. There’s really no point to bringing either one back before they are 100% healthy. The Wild plays again on Monday night, and then has two more days off. We’ll see if they’ll need a few more days, or if they’ll get back in there.

Am I the only one that feels cheated out of not being able to see the Justin Falk vs. Justin Faulk showdown?

Both teams boast a rookie defenseman with names that sound the same, but only one played. The Wild’s Justin Falk remains out with a lower body injury. Carolina’s Justin Faulk did play and continued his stellar rookie season, finishing the game with a +1 while leading the Canes with 25:03 of ice time.

As many of you know, this was Faulk’s first game in this building since last April, when he played a major role in helping the UMD Bulldogs win their first-ever national championship.

Speaking of college hockey, I’ll be in the building tonight for the Red Baron WCHA Final Five as Denver takes on the University of North Dakota. Let’s just say that this was not the matchup that I, or many others were hoping for. But you have to think it’s going to be a great game.

I can’t even think of (and I’m too lazy to look it up) the most recent Final Five championship game that did not feature one of these two teams. They know how to win here.

But the Wild will have a heavy interest in the game with top prospect Jason Zucker going. Zucker has a goal in both of Denver’s Final Five games, including the overtime game-winner on Thursday against Michigan Tech. 
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