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 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks:
Full disclosure: I barely saw any of the Minnesota Wild’s 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Maybe that’s a good thing. For the entire game, I was developing callouses on my fingertips while doing a live chat presented by Fox Sports North. That was fun. The game was not.
But, at least from what I heard, there was plenty for the fans to get loud about, starting with Dany Heatley
’s goal just 13 seconds into the game. That goal made me look up from my computer. So did a fight between Cal Clutterbuck
and Maxim Lapierre. But too often, I looked up and saw those dirty Canucks celebrating a goal.
Head Coach Mike Yeo was as furious after this one as he ever has been during his tenure here. Rather than pull a quote out, I’ll link to his entire post-game press conference here
. You definitely want to see it.
Yeo was happy with one thing tonight, and that was the play on the reunited line of Mikko Koivu
, Devin Setoguchi
and Heatley. That line accounted for both Wild goals. They made things happen, and as Yeo said, they played with passion and intensity.
Heatley scored a team-record 13 seconds after the opening puck drop. The previous record was 21 seconds held by Matt Johnson. Heatley now has five goals in the last seven games, including four in the last three home games. Setoguchi scored and added an assist, marking a good sign that he might be ready to break out. And perhaps most encouraging was the fact that Koivu didn’t seem to be slowed or under-conditioned in any way. There was some rustiness, but it looked like the Koivu we’ve grown accustomed to seeing.
Clutterbuck doesn’t do a lot of fighting, but give him credit for this: the guys he fights are the guys we all wouldn’t mind roughing up a bit (if we had any toughness to last more than two seconds in a hockey fight). Tonight, Clutterbuck tangled with Maxim Lapierre, one of the most disliked agitators in the game.
Off the top of my head, the three guys I can remember him fighting are Steve Ott (twice in February of 2010), Steve Staios and Sean Avery. I think Ian White and Carlo Coliacovo are in there as well.
Anyway, this one won’t go in the annals of all-time best Wild fights, but it was entertaining. Both guys shed their helmets and then postured for a while in their best fighting positions. When it came time to land punches, both guys were willing to throw, but just not land much. Oh well, still nice to see a guy throw down with Lapierre.
Here comes the obligatory Canuck bizarre moment of the game takeaway. In the closing seconds, several guys paired off and were grappling with each other. Clutterbuck was mixing it up with Dan Hamhuis while Kevin Bieksa was jawing with Heatley.
From about 20 feet away, Bieksa took off his glove and threw it at Clutterbuck, hitting him in the head. What do you even say to that? It’s like when Austin Powers was hit in the face by “Number Two’s” shoe.
“Who throws a glove? Honestly!”
Finally, my impressions from tonight’s live chat
, which featured second period guests, Jenny and Paige, the FOX Sports North Girls.
First, there were a lot of questions asking the ladies if they were single. I still don’t know. I was uncomfortable asking them that. But aside from those questions, I thought there was a healthy dose of good discussion. Certainly, the tone turned a little more negative as the score of tonight’s game got worse.
But there seemed to be a lot of excitement about the Wild’s stable of prospects. And somewhat surprisingly, there was a ton of chatter about wanting to acquire Markus Granlund (Mikael’s brother) from Calgary. There were definitely a lot of questions regarding the trade deadline.
But overall, it was just a fun time to interact with the fans. We’ll be sure to do it again at least once more in the regular season. Thanks to all those who submitted comments or questions.