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Hey State of Hockey legion, how's ya mutha? Welcome to another special road edition of live in-game commentary on Wild.com, where everybody is welcome, even chowdah-heads and Sawx fans. I am coming to you live from the press box at TD Garden in Boston, where I've been involved in a spirited debate with local beat writers over who the Wild's MVP should be through the season's first half. I say it's Cal Clutterbuck
. But that's just me. Everyone here in Boston is buzzing about the return of Chuck Kobasew, who was traded to the Wild from the Bruins last fall. Here's my call of the night: Chucky goes off for two goals and a helper against his former squad.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit nervous tonight. No, I'm not concerned that the Wild are going to lose. I'm actually supremely confident that the guys in green and white are going to handle their business tonight and leave The Hub with yet another two points. What I'm nervous about is Ben Affleck. Some know him as the guy who married J.Lo, but he's also a bank robber who pulled off a heist of Fenway Park not long ago, and there was a lot of violence to go with it. I'm just worried that the next logical target for Mr. Affleck would be the next most popular sporting venue in Beantown, the TD Garden. Mr. Affleck has a lot of dough, especially after his bold move at Fenway. Let's hope he's in retirement from pulling off major robberies for awhile.
While we're on the subject of thievery, let's turn our attention to Mr. Jose Theodore. Like Affleck, Theo has some dreamy good looks, but unlike Bennifer, the larceny he commits is completely legal. He'll be getting the start against the team he used to torment annually as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, and he's looking to leave Boston with the Bruins' fans pride in his equipment bag.
Once again, the Wild will be without the services of Antti Miettinen. He'll miss his second straight game with a lower body contusion. Guillaume Latendresse
(abdominal) and Marek Zidlicky (shoulder) are obviously also out of this one. That's the bad news. The good news is that Marco Scandella
gets back in the lineup after missing two games because of an illness.
If you're like me, you absolutely love fashion. So, I'll tell you that the Wild will wear the road whites for the second consecutive game. The Bruins are wearing their kick butt black third jerseys trimmed in gold and white with the angry bear on the chest. I have to say, I think these might be the best non-Wild third jerseys in the NHL. Phoenix would be a close second.
The ancillaries are taken care of. The crowd is electric. Let's get it on!Period 1
17:40 - Theodore comes up big on the first scoring chance of the game as Milan Lucic drives to the net and gets the puck to Marc Savard in the slot. He gets a shot off with Theo out of position, but the Wild keeper makes that save, and then robs Nathan Horton's rebound shot on the doorstep.
14:24 - Clayton Stoner
is just feeling it these days. First he's calling glass before banking shots in off the sideboards, and now he's just trying to go the conventional route by stepping into a one-timer from the left point. Brad Staubitz and Eric Nystrom are both setting screens in front of the net, but the puck hits a skate and just misses wide.
11:38 - A fantastic backcheck by Martin Havlat leads to two-on-one. Kyle Brodziak
makes a perfect pass to get the puck to Pierre-Marc Bouchard
wide open down the slot. Bouchard looks to have an easy one but Tukka Rask quickly slides to his right and makes a scintillating save with the blocker. Saves don't get much prettier than that.
8:13 - Big tree fall hard. Brodziak somehow trips up the 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara and the B's will get the first power play of the game. There's a cheap thrill in watching a 6-foot-9 behemoth fall down. I'm not proud of it.
3:55 - Koivu just got off the ice and went straight to the locker room with Assistant Athletic Trainer John Worley following close behind. That's not good.
3:37 - Not to worry, friends. Mikko is back on the bench.
3:19 - Brodziak is all over the place so far tonight. He's leading another two-on-one, this time with John Madden on his right. He feathers a nice pass over to Mad Dog as he crashes the net, but his redirection is snuffed out by Rask once again.
0:00 - A well-played but scoreless first period comes to an end. The Wild needs to get some fluids to rehydrate and come out to bury some goals in the second. Period 2
18:01 - The Wild is just peppering Rask with shots to open up the second. Havlat lets one go from the slot by threading one through a defenseman's legs and right on Rask, who makes a tricky pad save.
15:19 - Um, I guess we will take it. In one of the worst calls you'll see, the Wild will get its first power play of the night. Playing the puck in his own zone and being chased by Shawn Thornton, Brent Burns loses an edge and turns the puck over to Thornton. But the play is immediately blown dead and Thornton is called for a hook. Thornton is throwing a tantrum right now, which is highly entertaining. 15:15 - MIN 1 - BOS 0 - That doesn't take long. The fans are raining boos down to the ice and for good reason. Right off the draw on the ensuing power play, Havlat comes away with the puck. He just walks through the left circle and then backhands a beauty upstairs past Rask. Head Coach Claude Julien is furious and is currently giving the business to Wes McCauley right now.
9:47 - Just a great period so far for the Wild as they are just gunning for Rask. The rookie Marco Scandella
is the latest to drive deep into the Boston zone. He puts a shot on goal from in tight, which causes a rebound for Havlat to follow up on. Rask, once again, makes the big stop.
9:38 - Bouchard is currently battling in the corner with Chara. Now that is also high entertainment.9:10 - MIN 1 - BOS 1 - The Bruins finally crack Theodore, but it's not easy. After the Wild keeper makes a kick save off a shot from the slot by Patrice Bergeron. The puck bounces around and it takes former Michigan Wolverine Steven Kampfer to finally skate in and roof one off the crossbar and in. That brings this energetic crowd to life.
2:25 - Maybe one of the best saves you'll ever see has kept the Wild from taking the lead, and Havlat from bagging his second of the game. Brodziak finds Marty all alone on the right side of the net. I mean, Havlat has nothing but a wide open net to shoot at with Rask all the way on the other side. Havlat calmly settles the puck and fires toward the net, but Rask somehow dives over and gets his lobster mitt on the shot about three feet off the ground. Just a remarkable save. Havlat can't believe it.
0:00 - What a game this has been. Just fantastic action.Period 3
19:38 - As he tries to get around Johnny Boychuk on a rush to the net, Koivu goes down and slides hard into the Boston net, knocking it all the way to the backboards.17:38 - MIN 2 - BOS 1 - M-V-P! M-V-P! What a huge goal by Clutterbuck! He steals the puck off a Savard breakout pass at the top of the left circle. He takes a about two steps and absolutely rifles a shot past the glove of Rask, off the meeting of the pipe and cross bar and into the net. The guy just comes up with big goals and he's now tied for the team lead with Burns. It couldn't come at a better time as the Wild attempts to quiet this crowd.
15:03 - Wow! Brad Marchand takes a perfect feed as he cuts down the right side and for some reason, opts to hang onto the puck as Theodore slides over. Marchand circles all the way around the net before dishing back to the point for a shot on goal. Theodore makes that save despite traffic and then lays flat on his back with the disc somewhere underneath his body.
11:50 - Koivu comes out of the penalty box and the Wild has killed the fourth Boston power play of the night. The Wild killers are now 35-for-35 all-time in Beantown. That's impressive.
5:59 - Chucky! Kobasew steals a pass in the Boston zone and he fires a missile that beats Rask but clanks off the right post. The Wild has come so close to building a cushion, but this game looks like it's going down to the wire. You almost don't want it to end.
1:20 - Rask is off. The Bruins are putting about five black jerseys in front of Theodore as they look for the equalizer.
1:06 - Theodore calmly gloves a Chara missile from the point. The Wild will take a timeout.0:42.2 - MIN 3 - BOS 1 - And there it is! Madden gains the Bruins zone and dishes to Koivu streaking to the goal, and the captain taps in the final nail in the coffin. Folks, this will be a huge win for your guys. Just an outstanding game.
0:00 - That will do it! The Wild wins its third straight, it's second game of the road trip and continues to climb up the standings. What a night in Beantown!