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 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.
In the first American Pie movie (you know, the one that was funny), the head coach of the East Great Falls high school lacrosse team huddles his team at halftime and lets his team know that “you don’t score, until you score.” Even though it was those words that prompted one of the players to skip the rest of the game to go sing in a choir tournament, I was confused as to what the coach was talking about. Now, I get it. It’s tough to score when you don’t score and it’s even tougher to score when you don’t shoot. That was the biggest problem for the Wild, who mustered five shots through the first half of a 4-1 loss to the Wings, and didn’t get their 10th until the third period on their fifth power play when the score was already 4-0 in favor of Detroit.
Meanwhile, the Red Wings, who are based in the same state as the East Great Falls lacrosse team, were heeding the advice of the wise coach. They were shooting and scoring from darn near everywhere on the ice. That included their first two goals in which Henrik Zetterberg and Danny Cleary scored from behind the goal line.
Typically when a home team gets thumped, we have to listen to announcers say the home crowd didn’t have anything to cheer about. That wouldn’t be entirely true tonight. The cheers were loud and boisterous in the first period when Minnesotans Scott Scherbing and Dan Schmitt were recognized on the Fox Sports stage during a TV timeout.
I’ve talked about Scherbing and Schmitt before in “Five Takeaways” because they were the Army Sergeants who flew the Wild flag over Iraq and Afghanistan during their missions. Earlier this season, they came to the Wild’s game in Atlanta and presented the flag to Brent Burns, who is having it hung at his house.
When they were shown on the Jumbotron, the entire crowd rose to its feet and the players responded as well by banging their sticks on the boards.
Said Scherbing, “I’ve never received an 18,000 plus standing ovation before. Pretty awesome!”
Brent Burns’s goal late in the third period didn’t mean a whole lot considering it cut the deficit to three goals with just three minutes. It did ruin Jimmy Howard’s shutout bid, but it also marked the first time that a Wild defenseman has scored at least 10 goals in a season twice. He set the team record in 2007-08 with 15, and he’s well on his way to obliterating that mark.
Christmas may have ended yesterday, but for me, the holiday season isn’t complete until I see the Wild’s holiday-themed opening video. This video is always one of the most viewed on Wild.com and I’m sure this year will be no exception. If you weren’t in the building (or if you were), here it is again. Just click here
From the rare sightings department, how about the Wild taking a delay of game penalty in the first period for having two guys kicked out of the faceoff dot outside the Wild zone? First, it was John Madden and then it was Eric Nystrom. Interesting that the Wild would get called for that, yet Calgary’s Tom Kostopolous doesn’t get two minutes for karate kicking Cal Clutterbuck
’s stick before a faceoff and breaking it. That, of course, caused a delay when Clutter had to skate back to his bench to get a new stick. I love the NHL, but there are some things about it that I will never figure out.