Following Wild games, Digital Media Coordinator Kelly Erickson will give the Five Takeaways that she remembers from the contest. Tonight, she looks back at a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks:
Rivalries die hard. Tonight Minnesota looked to sweep the season series against former Northwest Division foe, the Vancouver Canucks. The Wild knew it would be up against a hungry team fighting to stay in the playoff picture. Well, Minnesota couldn’t complete the sweep as Canucks capitalized on Wild miscues to gain momentum and handed the good guys a 5-2 loss.
The Canucks got three past Wild netminder Darcy Kuemper in the first two periods, and two against Ilya Bryzgalov who came in, in relief to start the third. Charlie Coyle netted his third goal in three games (we’ll get to that) to get the Wild on the board in the first, while Nino Niederreiter added a goal of his own in the third. Canucks netminder Eddie Lack held off the Wild attack, making 29 saves for the win.
Boy, when Charlie Coyle has it, he really has it. For the third game in a row, the young forward has tallied a goal — extending his career mark for the most goals in consecutive games, breaking the mark he set Sunday for two in a row.
Tonight, his goal was an absolute snipe. Coyle picked up a pass from Mikko Koivu, which banked off the glass, right to the winger’s tape. Coyle gathered himself with a few steps into the zone and fired a shot from the top of the near circle, past Lack.
It didn’t take long for one of the newest members of the Minnesota Wild to get into the Wild-Canucks rivalry.
Cody McCormick, who re-entered the lineup tonight after being a healthy scratch the last two games, dropped the gloves early with Tom Sestito. About 7:30 into the first, the two tangoed in McCormick’s first fight in a Wild sweater. We’ll give him props and say he came out the victor.
The fight was the Wild’s first in nine games — since March 9 against the Blues when Kyle Brodziak tilted with Steve Ott. McCormick’s effort earned him a round of stick taps against the boards from his teammates as he made his way back the bench after his stint in the sin bin.
Yesterday the news out of Vancouver was that Alex Burrows wouldn’t be making the trip to Minnesota. Well upon arriving at Xcel Energy Center this morning, there was Burrows ready to go for the game tonight. Though, he did leave the game early after taking a hit from Niederreiter in the second.
Minnesota did get some positive(ish) news on its injury front today. Goaltender Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker both underwent successful surgeries for core muscle and quadriceps tendon injuries, respectively. Both are expected to make full recoveries for the start of next season, though will sadly miss out on the rest of the 2013-14 campaign.
In other news, defensemen Keith Ballard and Clayton Stoner each are still dealing with their respective lower-body injuries. We, of course, wish them speedy recoveries.
Tonight we had yet another reminder of how great hockey is in Minnesota.
During the first intermission, the Wild honored youth hockey state champions throughout different levels of programs. Teams from all over the state were represented from 12U to Junior Gold.
Minnesota Youth Hockey also got in on the action at the game, as retired Youth Hockey Volunteer Tim Timm kicked off the game with the "Let’s Play Hockey!" call.