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 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings.Josh Harding
’s return was as close to triumphant as you can get without walking off a winner. In his first regular season game since March 26, 2010 and his first appearance at home since March 21 of that same year, Harding was spectacular, but came up short in a 3-2 overtime loss.
Harding dazzled in making 38 saves while the Wings seemed to only give up the puck when they were firing shots at him. He deserved a better fate for his effort, but the Wild couldn’t help him hold a 2-0 lead. In many ways, the Wild will probably be happy to get a point out of a game it was outshot, 41-14.
“The main story is Josh,” said Head Coach Mike Yeo. “He was outstanding tonight. Got us a point. We were disappointed we couldn’t get him a second point. He was great tonight.”
With this win, the Wings move to 4-0-0. It boggles the mind how this team does what they do every year, and every game. Have they ever been blown out in the last 10 years? How many comeback wins do they have in that time span? Have they ever not had the puck longer than their opponent?
The Wings do this with an assortment of players, few of whom could be considered All World, with the obvious exception of Nicklas Lidstrom, who may not even be human.
Somehow, if a player puts on a Wings jersey, he has speed. He doesn’t give up the puck. He plays the system perfectly. And he wins a heap of games for as long as he’s there. The Wild needs to figure things out against them, because they’ll be here again in two weeks, and then head to Detroit a couple days later.
The Wings had given up zero goals in their last two games coming into tonight. And we all knew just the guy to end that streak: Mr. Greg Zanon. Granted, the Wings probably don’t have Zanon’s name circled on the whiteboard before the game as a guy they have to stop, but maybe they should.
Zanon, with his first goal in 135 games has now cracked the double digit mark in goals over his 398 game career. Four of those 10 markers have come against the Detroit Red Wings. Fear the Red Beard.
For the third straight game, the Wild went to overtime. It’s the first time that has happened since a stretch from November 28 to December 4, 2009. The key point here is the Wild is getting points in all but one game so far.
Still, Yeo admits there is a ways to go before his team gets to where it needs to be.
“That’s Detroit.,” said Yeo. “That’s what we have to understand. We were up two goals and we were the team that was frustrated.”
On Thursday, Wild.com and the @mnwild Twitter account hosted a Wild TweetUp asking for people to tweet their thoughts during the Wild’s 2-1 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers. As if having their tweets published on the Wild.com in-game commentary wasn’t enough, tonight they received their real prize.
The tweeting winners (about 40 of them, and their guests) enjoyed tonight’s game from two luxury suites. A couple of them were selected to ride in the Target Red Hot seats Zamboni during the second intermission.
There’s a lesson here folks. If you’re not into the social media world yet, it’s time to get on board. Good things are going to happen. Not only do you get highlights of Wild goals just minutes after they happen, but you get the chance to win some big-time prizes. What’s next? I have no idea. But you’ll probably know before me…if you follow the Wild on Twitter.