Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-0 loss against the Boston Bruins at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Thursday night:
1. Nico Sturm made his NHL debut.
As recently as last weekend, Sturm was skating with Clarkson University at the NCAA Tournament. On Thursday, he was on the ice against Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.
Video: Nico Sturm takes solo lap
To Sturm's credit, the rookie 23-year-old centerman didn't look out of place by any stretch. He didn't find the scoresheet, but he showed why he was one of the most sought after college free agents on the market. The 6-foot-3 Sturm wasn't afraid to use his frame to go hard to the net, and he showed some glimpses of his playmaking ability.
Wild fans can catch one more glimpse of Sturm this season when it plays in Dallas on Saturday in the season finale.
2. Alex Stalock does things on the ice you just don't see most goalies do.
I tweeted during the game that he alone is worth the price of admission because he's so entertaining to watch. Sure, he raises blood pressures from time to time, but that's OK. Hockey is supposed to be fun, right?
Video: BOS@MIN: Stalock turns aside a flurry of chances
Seriously though, what's going on here? I don't know, but I like it. I love it. And I want some more of it.
Fox Sports North put together a quick little montage of some of his greatest hits ... and that was just from early on Thursday.
With Stalock in the mix for three more years after he signed a contract extension earlier this season, fans will be able to get a look for years to come.
3. During the first television timeout, Wild fans paid tribute to former winger/centerman Charlie Coyle.
Coyle was dealt to Boston in February in exchange for Ryan Donato and a draft pick. While Donato has been fantastic in a Wild uniform, leading all rookies in scoring since Feb. 21, Coyle became a fan favorite in his six-plus years in Minnesota, both on the ice and in the community.
How popular was he with fans? The round of applause began early in the quick tribute video on the video board and turned into a standing ovation afterward.
Video: Welcome back, Charlie Coyle