Following Wild games, Managing Editor Mike Doyle will give the Five Takeaways that he'll remember from each contest. Today, he'll look back at a 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars:
Well, all good things come to an end as the Wild’s win streak ends at seven games. It was a weird scheduling quirk that had Minnesota playing in Dallas on Monday and tonight, with a game at home in between. It was quirky because the Stars didn’t play since Monday night and was able to rest at home for an entire workweek, something that is unheard of with this compacted regular-season schedule.
Dallas came out with a lot of energy, jumping out to a two-goal lead in the first period. The Wild was able to fight back with a late first period goal and tied the game heading into the third period. However, the Stars took advantage of two power plays in the third and came away victorious. We knew that the Wild wasn’t going to win out, but it sure was fun while it lasted. A positive: Minnesota gets a chance to start a new win streak tomorrow night at Xcel Energy Center against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings.
Of all the players that are getting props for the Wild recently, Jared Spurgeon has somehow flown under the radar. Well, let me shine some light on what Spurgeon has done lately. He scored his fifth goal of the season on a power play tonight, extending a career-high, five-game point streak. In his last 13 games, Spurgeon has 11 points (4-7=11).
The right-handed Spurgeon has been a big reason the team’s power play has been clicking recently. When he is not getting set up for one-timers from the lefthanders over on the right side, he is sneaking down on the backdoor and looking for loose pucks. That’s how he scored today. Maybe defenders forget to check him because they are so occupied by the puck movement on the right side, but whatever the reason, Spurgeon does a great job of finding space in no-man’s land on the left side. The rebound was created after a veteran move from Kyle Brodziak…
I’m always a fan of gamesmanship and Brodziak made a very sneaky and illegal move on Spurgeon’s goal, but got away with it. Setting up high in the slot, Brodziak was trying to get open. As the puck moved around the perimeter, the center swiped Cody Eakin’s stick out of his hand and the lumber skidded on the ice.
As Eakin went to retrieve his stick, Brodziak moved into open ice in the high slot and took a pass from Mikko Koivu. He one-timed the puck on net and Spurgeon found the rebound for a power play goal.
For various reasons I won’t get into here, the Internet is both awesome and frightening. Tonight, it was pretty awesome. Almost as awesome as Matt Hackett’s first period save on Loui Eriksson, but not quite. The netminder had a handful of Play-of-the-Week-worthy saves, but his first period save on Eriksson might’ve been the best. To commemorate, someone on the World Wide Web made a GIF of the save.
Hackett could’ve been in the movie Goodfellas because he robbed about seven should’ve-been goals from the Stars in the first two periods. None better than the glove save on Eriksson.
You never like to see opponents get milestones against you, but tonight Jaromir Jagr reached his 1,000th career NHL assist tonight. The 41-year-old will go down as one of the most talented offensive weapons this league has ever seen and he is still getting it done. He is the first European-born player to reach the milestone.
I can still remember Jagr doing this in the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks. After the game, I immediately slapped on my rollerblades, went into street and started practicing moves like Jagr. Wonder if Adam Levine was a fan, too?
You might’ve noticed the coaching staffs of both the Wild and Stars were wearing teal ties behind the bench. Well, they were wearing them in support of Taylor’s Gift, an organization dedicated to a life changing mission to increase organ donation to re-gift life, renew health and restore families.
April is National Donate Life Month and the organization is asking followers to paint their nails with a special Taylor Blue nail polish in order to raise awareness to the organization. To learn more about this worthy cause, go to taylorsgift.org.