Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 2-1 overtime loss against the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday night:
1. We've got hockey.
After four days of training camp practices against one another, the Wild finally hit the ice against a different colored sweater Tuesday night in the State of Hockey.
The players were anxious too.
After a heated scrimmage wrapped up the "two-a-days" portion of training camp on Monday, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said players were likely "chomping at the bit" to see a different uniform.
The Wild got its first goal out of the way, its first fight (more on all of that in a moment) and looked sharp defensively. Not a bad way to start the hockey season, even if it is only exhibition hockey.
2. Welcome to Minnesota, Ryan Hartman.
One of just two free agents signed over the summer to the NHL club, Hartman made his presence felt in his first game with his new team.
Near the midpoint of the contest, Hartman dropped the mitts with Tye Felhaber and in the process, might have become an immediate fan favorite. Hartman made quick work of Felhaber, connecting on several solid lefts before seemingly becoming bored with the whole thing and tossing his opponent to the ice.
Then, a couple of minutes after exiting the penalty box, Hartman got wide open for a breakaway chance. Like, seriously, wide open. It looked like Hartman was entering the offensive zone on a shootout attempt.
Video: DAL@MIN: Hartman converts feed for shorthanded goal
With all day to shoot, Hartman wristed a shot past Landon Bow for hist first (unofficial) goal with the Wild.
Hartman's goal tied up the contest headed to the third period.
3. About 2/3 of the Wild roster on Tuesday had previous NHL experience.
Goaltender Alex Stalock made 19 saves, including a couple of grade-A chances early in the game.
Video: DAL@MIN: Stalock makes blocker save, snags rebound
Forward Marcus Foligno had an assist on Hartman's goal.
Mats Zuccarello made a couple of nifty passes, including one to Matt Dumba on the doorstep early in the third, that was stopped only by the heroics of Stars goaltender Colton Point.
Dumba showed off his big one-timer on a power play in the first period, a good sign for him coming off shoulder surgery.
Among those without official NHL experience, the defensive pairing of Carson Soucy and Hunter Warner made some noise. Soucy had the primary assist on Hartman's goal, springing him with a long outlet pass.
Warner had a trio of huge hits that had the crowd ooohing and ahhhing.