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Yo, yo, yo, State of Hockey legion! That introduction is my imitation of teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber, who appears to be 11 years old, claims to be 15 years old, and starts every sentence with "yo." Needless to say, I'm a big fan of his latest hit where he says he's going to tell a girl "one time" that he loves her, then repeatedly says "Girl, I love, girl, I love you/I'm'a tell you one time." If you think I haven't downloaded that into my iTunes library, well, you're new to live in-game commentary here on Wild.com.
Speaking of, what a great night we have on tap here on Thanksgiving Eve. We've got two, count 'em, TWO American League MVP's in the house. We've got your
Minnesota Wild wearing their spectacular third jerseys and we've got an Original Six team, the Boston Bruins, in town tonight. That my friends is how you prepare for tomorrow's button-popping feast and subsequent food coma.
Oh, and did I mention that Niklas Backstrom
is in between the pipes for the good guys tonight? Sorry Beantown, but I just watched "Backy" in warmups, and to my friends in "The Hub," you are about to be served. Consider yourselves warned.
Unfortunately, Backstrom's countryman, Antti Miettinen will be out of the lineup tonight due to "flu-like" symptoms. That means the Wild will have just 17 skaters due to the absence of Brent Burns, Petr Sykora and Pierre-Marc Bouchard
, who have all been hit by the concussion virus. New Wild Guillaume Latendresse
is still waiting on a couple goverments to grant him access into our country. I certainly hope he can clear customs tomorrow because nobody wants to miss out on a turducken, least of all Mr. Latendresse.
We already touched on the Wild sporting the home greens tonight, while the Bruins will sport the classic road whites with the famous "B" on the chest. Tough to beat those sweaters. We'll give them the win in something.
Sometimes I wish I could do live in-game commentary for Twins games and every time they hit a home run I could type "Mowie-Wowie!" or "Mor-No You Da-ant!" Alas, we'll have to use it tonight, and tonight only. Blake Wheeler and Mikko Koivu
come to center ice for the ceremonial puck drop from American League MVP Joe Mauer. The St. Paul native crouches, lowers his hand...And...MOWIE WOWIE! He drops that puck right on center ice. Following him his 2006 MVP Justin Morneau and "MOR-NO HE DA-ANT!" He belts out a perfect "Let's Play Hockey." Back-to-back standing ovations. You don't see that everyday folks.
Time for some puck play.Period 1
18:55 - The Wild already has an early power play and Kobasew finds himself on the first unit in Miettinen's absence. Koivu gets the puck along the near boards and he finds Kobasew on the doorstep with a pass, but he can't stuff it by Tuuka Rask - great hockey name by the way.13:10 - MIN 0 - BOS 1 - One Boston shot...one goal. Right off the draw in the Wild zone, the puck comes back to Derek Morris at the point. He uncorks a low slap shot that is perfectly deflected by Byron Bitz (another great hockey name) just inside the post on Backstrom's blocker side.
7:26 - If you have a handle bar mustache, you better be able to back it up, and Greg Zanon backs it up. While holding the blue line, he lowers the boom on Bitz and then he spanks Morris right after that.
6:29 - Every game, we get one a bit closer to that long-awaited Derek Boogaard goal. Owen Nolan hits the Boogey man open in the slot, and the big man lets go with a quick wrist shot right on, and Rask has to make a big stop on it to preserve the B's lead.
5:03 - Rats! With Rask out of position behind his own net, Andrew Brunette steals the puck from him and quickly dishes to Koivu at the side of the net. It looks like Koivu has a chance to try to stuff it in, but he makes one more pass out in front to Kobasew and the puck is picked off by Boston.
3:03 - With three power play guys on the injured list, the Wild's power play unit is filled with guys who aren't normally out there with the man advantage. That might explain some of the rustiness as there have been a few plays that have come close. Here, Sherriff Shane Hnidy pinches through the back door on the power play and just misses on a centering feed from Cowboy Nolan. He's like one more chance for a goal against his former team.
0:00 - The horn sounds to end the first. The Wild limits the B's to just two shots on goal, but the B's limit the Wild to zero goals. A 1-0 deficit is but a flesh wound.Period 2
17:46 - Holy goblet of gravy! On a Boston power play, the puck is loose right in front of Backstrom. As he scrambles to try and corral the puck, he kicks it right to Michael Ryder who has a yawning net in front of him. He gets a shot off, but somehow an out-of-position Backstrom is able to snare it with the glove.
15:17 - Big John Scott gets a crack at a shot right off a draw in the Bruin zone, and gets all of it. His blast is labeled for the top corner but Rask makes a gorgeous glove save while on his rump.
14:12 - Rochester native Mark Stuart is a big boy as James Sheppard now knows. Shep tries to dump the puck behind Stuart and skate around him, but the former CC Tiger is having none of it. He blows Sheppard up with a high hit.9:37 - MIN 1 - BOS 1 - Mowie Wowie! Welcome to Minnesota Andrew Ebbett! Making his Wild debut, the little man comes up big on the power play. Near the end of a power play, Cowboy spots Ebbett in front and hits him with a quick pass. Ebbett just redirects it with a quick poke and gets it past Rask. Chuck Fletcher is a flippin' genius! The guy picked up off waivers is on pace to score 60 goals in a Wild sweater. You can't beat that.
1:31 - Koivu enters the Bruins zone on an odd-man rush and he waits for his trailer, Cal Clutterbuck
to skate into the slot. Koivu finds him and Clutter lets go with a heavy snap shot. Rask has trouble hanging onto the shot, but he does a nice job of laying flat and preventing Kobasew and Koivu from banging in the rebound.Period 3
17:51 - Sometimes Boogey misses when he goes in for a big check. He doesn't here. Just inside the Boston blue line, the big man lines up a little man, Marc Savard, and belts him hard against the boards with a nice, clean check.
15:07 - Look alive Tony! The Wild's top equipment manager nearly takes a puck in the kisser as an errant clear flies into the Wild bench.
13:30 - The Bruins have eight shots. Not in this period. In this game.
11:19 - Don't go glove side on Mr. Rask. The guy's lobster glove is swallowing up shots like my dog does to goose dung when I let her loose on Como golf course. Here, he robs Clutter on a wicked shot from right betwixt the hash marks.
7:59 - The Bruins have now reached double digits in shots og goal. The big 1-0. We're proud of you Boston.
5:13 - Milan Lucic, my 23rd favorite player in the NHL, collides awkwardly with Marek Zidlicky at the Wild blue line. Lucic has missed a significant amount of time with a high ankle sprain this year, and this doesn't look good considering that. He hobbles back to the Boston bench. Let's hope this doesn't result in more missed time. Lucic is good for hockey.
1:41 - Wow! With the puck in the Boston zone, Kyle Brodziak
gets called for cross checking, which is interesting because right as that happens, Morris cross checks Ebbett in front of the net. This will make for an interesting close to regulation.
0:01 - Jeepers. Mark Recchi, playing in his 48th NHL season, has a chance to beat the Wild and the clock with a wide open net, but he completely fans on it.
0:00 - The Wild kills the first 1:41 of Brodziak's penalty. There's still some work to do, but we're going to overtime.Overtime
4:40 - Brodziak gets out of the box, and we're back to even strength - four on four.
1:54 - The Wild is going to close out overtime with a power play as Denis Wideman gets whistled for a high stick. Right in front of the Wild bench, he gets Clutter right in the chops and Clutter is slow to get up. He finally does and heads to the locker room. Wideman will get four minutes, which doesn't really matter since there's less than two remaining.
1:21 - Foiled by Rask again. The Wild works it around on the power play and Brunette has a chance on the doorstep off a Nolan rebound, but Rask is there to stop that one as well.
0:00 - A couple chances go bye-bye, and we're headed to the shootout. Shootout
Patrice Bergeron will get things started in the shootout. He makes a couple moves and then slides it underneath Backs for an early Boston lead.It's Koivu's turn, and he makes no mistake, avoiding the glove side completely by wristing one past Rask's blocker.
Wheeler, the former Gopher, is next, but his series of deke moves yields nothing as Backstrom stuffs him.
Zidlicky shoots next and his shot from in tight is stopped by Rask.
Savard is next but his shot is turned aside by Backstrom's right leg pillow.
It's Belanger for the win...but no! He fires his shot wide on the blocker side.David Krecji is up now, and he roofs a backhand over Backstrom for the goal.
It's up to the former Bruin, Kobasew, to keep this one alive...but not to be. His shot from a ways out is stopped by Rask. Happy Thanksgiving y'all!