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 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Five things. Five things. This won’t be easy, especially with New Year’s revelry on the brain. The Minnesota Wild just did not have it as they closed out the decade with a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings built a 3-0 lead after one and a 4-0 lead early in the second. As has been customary in almost every Wild loss this season, the good guys staged a hard fought rally, but not many teams win games after being down four. Tonight was no exception, and the Kings were a desperate team after losing four straight. A comeback was not happening against this group.
When Team Canada announced its roster yesterday, the biggest surprise was Drew Doughty being named as one of the defensemen over veterans like Washington’s Mike Green and Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr and Jay Bouwmeester. Doughty is just 20, but tonight he showed why he is so highly regarded around the League and by Team Canada general manager, Steve Yzerman. The youngster led the Kings in ice time with 23:57 and he made a great play by sending a long wrist shot toward the goal that was tipped in by Ryan Smyth.
I’m positive that 2010 will be the best year ever, but for us media lowlifes, there will be one thing missing in the Al Shaver Press Box. Minnesota hockey legend and the “Godfather of St. Paul” spent his final night in the Al Shaver Press Box as media greeter. Upon getting off the elevator, every person that strolled into the press box on game night was greeted with a smile, a handshake and a boisterous “Hey! Howwedoin’everythinggood?okayokayrealgoodgoget’em!”
Lou is best known for being a high school coaching legend, who counted Herb Brooks among his players at St. Paul Johnson, where led his team to seven state tournament appearances in 10 years. He also served as an area hockey referee for years. But around Xcel Energy Center, Lou is just the guy that brightens everybody’s day when they come to the rink.
Petr Sykora returned to the ice after missing nearly two months with a concussion, but I thought he looked like he had a good night. Yes, he was a -1 with one shot on goal, but he was skating extremely hard, and very nearly scored a goal to pull the Wild within one late in the third period.
The rest of this game was forgettable, so maybe we should close out the final Five Takeways by giving you a link
to Wild.com’s Top 10 moments of a wonderful decade.