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R.S.S. Feed: Sept. 21, 2009

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild

R.S.S. Feed: Sept. 21, 2009

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10:05 p.m. EDT

Wild is on the bus en route to Columbus airport following a 5-1 loss. We should be home just after 11 p.m. CDT tonight, an hour before the first day of fall is officially upon us.
The Wild will have an off-ice workout tomorrow morning, the first day off (not on the ice) for the team since training camp began nine days ago. They’ll be back on the ice Wednesday, followed by Thursday’s home game against St. Louis. Good tickets still remain, call 651-222-WILD tomorrow to get your seat for the last preseason home game!

3rd period

Underway for the final 20 minutes.


Jared Boll has laid a couple Wild players out this game, that time Greg Zanon hits hard into the boards.


Terrific glove save by Harding on Rostislav Klesla. A scrum ensues in front, but linesmen interrupt a possible fight between Petr Kalus and Kris Russell. Brent Burns has a roughing penalty too, and the Wild is back on the PK.


Tic-tac-toe for the Jackets, and we've heard the dreaded cannon for a fifth time as Derick Brassard makes it 5-0 off a nifty pass from Kristian Huselius. I'm headed downstairs to make sure the pizza arrives for the players and to get ready for post-game. I'll file an update on the way to the airport. Back home tonight.

2nd period

We're back underway. Pouliot-Miettinen-Sykora up front and Cuma-Burns on the blueline.


Harding keeps the Wild in the game. Nash fed a beautiful 2-on-1 pass to Huselius, but Harding stood his ground to make his 11th save of the night.


Columbus continues to be energized by its first home preseason game. The Jackets have the only six shots of the second period thus far.


And it's 7-0 shots this stanza as Harding swallows up a point blast, but the Wild is about to go on the penalty kill, as Danny Irmen high-sticked Rick Nash. Time for more icecrew tryouts.


Columbus power play is over, and Wild gets first shot of period.


Harding has been sharp. Alexandre Picard skates in alone on him, maybe tried one too many fakes, and Harding stayed with him. Media timeout! Six icecrew tryouts on each end of the ice.


The Wild PK will get some work again, as Marek Zidlicky gets called for slashing.


Brent Burns battles hard for the puck and gets sent to the box for elbowing. Blue Jackets get 1:09 of a 5-on-3 here. Scandella, shot-blocking maven Greg Zanon and Kyle Brodziak on the ice for Minnesota.


Headed downstairs. Wild down only a man now. Talk to you to start the third.

End 2nd period

Well I missed quite a bit. A couple of goals for Columbus - one by Antoine Vermette, and then a beaut by Rick Nash. Nathan Smith's second fight in as many nights, and the Wild is down 4-0 after two.

1st period

Some e-mails have trickled through today...I need to thank Dan, Glenn and "Friend of Nate". I'm probably missing a couple. The hand-held phone has been busy since I left the office. And we thankfully avoided the cannon during warmups.


Steve Mason in net or the Jackets opposite Josh Harding. Wild starts Greg Zanon and Brent Burns on blueline, and Miettinen-Pouliot-Sykora up front. Columbus counters with Russell and Klelsa on D, and Huselius-Brassard-Nash at forward.


Wild on an early power play, as Raffi Torres goes for tripping. Pouliot between Miettinen and Sykora to lead the power play, with Zidlicky and Burns at the points.


Kyle Brodziak (Wild fans you are going to love this kid) creates a chance with a hustling play, feeding a streaking Danny Irmen in the right circle, but Mason got over in time to make the save.


Greg Zanon just fell to the ice. We were warned about possible slippery ice conditions here. The ice has been covered up for 10 days, uncovered yesterday, and the first time it was skated upon was the Jackets' morning skate today.


Petr Kalus gets loose in the right circle and fires a shot just wide. Minnesota,which has had a history of not playing well in this building, is taking it to Columbus early.


A little bit of talking between Columbus toughuy Jared Boll and the Wild's Matt Kassian. Look for them maybe to go a bit later.


Minnesota will go on its second power play of the early going after this media timeout. We have 12 - count 'em, 12 - folks on the ice with shovels picking up ice shavings. It's tryout night. Thus far, they are all doing very well, i.e. no one has bit the dust yet, like I would have.


Deflection by either HIlbert or Brodziak in front - and Mason made a nice save.


Terrific diving play by Grant Clitsome to break up a Pouliot 2-on-1.


Two good PK's by Columbus. Minnesota outshooting the Jackets 3-1 here nearing the midway point.

The cannon has been shot, which means just one thing - a Columbus goal. Harding made the save on Sammy Pahlsson's initial shot, but Raffi Torres crashed the net and fired a shot over Harding. It's the first goal given up by Minnesota in more than two full games. It's 1-0 Jackets.

Since the goal, Columbus is energized, getting the game's next five shots after that. A couple nice saves by Harding. Despite neither team doing TV, and no radio "walkoff" interviews, I'll go downstairs at intermission to pay the guy for sandwiches. I'll also get to talk to Tim, the press elevator attendant. Tim is a big Minnesota-Duluth fan, and therefore a big Bob Mason fan. Mase loves it when people know who he is (doesn't happen very often...kidding, Mase).


Brent Burns nearly evens things up. Some nifty stickwork to get through the left circle, and then a shot through traffic that Mason stopped.


Gillies bouncing shot got through Mason, but the puck ended up behind the net out of harm's way.


The under 6:00 timeout means I'm headed downstairs. Talk to you to begin the second period.

End 1st period
The Wild trails 2-0 after a Grant Clitsome goal late in the first. Tyler Cuma had a bit hit near center ice, but Columbus raced the other way 2-on-1 to take a two-goal advantage.

Pre-game warm-ups

Wearing the A's for the Wild tonight at Kyle Brpdziak, Antti Miettinen and Greg Zanon.

I just remembered "the cannon" here in Columbus - every time they score, plus one time in the pre-game intro, it gets shot off, and it's louder than anything you've ever heard. I plan to step out during the pre-game video.

Just chatted with Todd Sharrock, the Columbus PR guy who also happened to get his start with the Houston Aeros, albeit several years before me. The Blue Jackets play their first home game of the preseason tonight, and play four home games this week, and five games overall in the next seven days. That, my friends, is a busy schedule. Ryan Holtmann, another Columbus PR guru, just stopped to ask me if the press meal was to my liking. Is the word out on me or what?

Styx and REO Speedwagon are coming into Nationwide Arena in November, and they are playing the promo, so I am sure to be singing "Come Sail Away" until my head hits the pillow tonight. The dog will love that.

6:15 p.m. EDT
Greetings from the Columbus press box, high above the ice here at Nationwide Arena. Tonight's lone scratch for the Wild (at least from the guys we brought with us) is Justin Falk. Teams generally travel 21 for preseason games - one extra, in case someone can't go. Josh Harding is expected to play the entire game in goal tonight.

Was a pretty easy flight out here. No delays at MSP so we were on the ground here in Columbus about 3:40 and at the arena around 4. Typically for a 7 p.m. game, we'll arrive at 5. So that was an extra hour to kill.

Tonight's press meal in Columbus consisted of barbeque pork loin (was delicious) and spicy cornbread muffins, as well as a couple chocolate chip cookies.

10:25 a.m. CDT
The Wild plays at Columbus tonight at 6 p.m. CDT and will be broadcast live on WCCO Radio. The guys playing tonight are wrapping up a brief minor skate, since many played last night as well.

Tonight's lineup is as follows.

Defensemen: Zidlicky, Zanon, Burns, Scott, Scandella, Cuma, Falk

Forwards: Milroy, Sykora, Gillies, Hilbert, Miettinen, Brodziak, Kalus, Smith, Kassian, DiSalvatore, Irmen, Pouliot

Goalies: Harding, Dubielewicz

One of the defensemen we travel will have to sit tonight.

Also on the ice in this group is Mikko Koivu, who hasn't skated with the team in a few days due to a minor injury. So it's nice to see him back out there. I would bet he'll be on the ice for the second group, as well.

The second group of players, those not playing tonight, will be on the ice next. Our flight is at 1:15 p.m. I just heard from our lead flight attendant Laurie, who says the plane just arrived from Canada. Good news.

Harding, by the way, continues to draw the ire of some teammates with his musical selections. His iPod was playing while he was on the ice, and with some country selections. I am guessing just by the look on Niklas Backstrom's face when I told him I liked his tunes...that Backstrom is not a country fan. He was only guy in the room at the time, and he was rocking out to a new song which I happen to like, but I don't think he did. All in good fun.

Columbus' roster for tonight is:

Defensemen: Methot, Hejda, Clitsome, Moore, Tyuton, Kesla

Forwards: Blunden, Torres, Brassard, Umberger, Huselius, Picard, MacKenzie, Boll, Mayorov, Vermette, Nash, Voracek

Goalies: Mason, Lalande

I have stats printed for the coaches and broadcasters for our flight today, but not yet clips since they are changing out copiers in our offices today. Carly the Intern will bring those over before I leave for the airport.

And speaking of our's menu:

Flight to Columbus: veggie, cheese and cracker tray; hot turkey paninis; tuscan chicken breast with potato salad; herb grilled halibut with pesto linguini

Flight home: veggie, cheese and cracker tray; coconut shrimp; lemon dijon chicken breast with pasta; grilled flank steak with roasted garlic mashed potatoes

We also have an assortments of salads and chips.

Author: Ryan Stanzel | Wild Media Relations and Team Services

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