The Minnesota Wild prospects fell to 0-2 at the 2005 NHL Centre I.C.E. Prospects Tournament at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings jumped to a 4-0 lead before Matt Kassian, the Wild’s second round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, scored in the final minute of the game. The Wild prospects will face the Tampa Bay Lightining at 6:00 PM on Wednesday. Once again, Wild Assistant General Manager/Player Personnel Tom Thompson offered insight on last night’s contest.
On Last Night’s Game
I would say the Columbus game was a little bit unusual because I would say we carried the play for 60 percent of that game. We didn’t do that last night. We couldn’t get our power play working and we gave up two shorthanded goals. That was the key to the hockey game.
Both of our goalies (Anton Khudobin and Kristofer Westblom) were much better last night. There was one Red Wings goal that was actually a pass that deflected off of a shin pad.
Improvements From Game One
I think we corrected a lot of our defensive mistakes. There certainly were a few breakdowns and we just have to be better at that.
The Wild Goal
Kyle Bailey, our fourth round pick in 2005, took the puck wide and then centered it. Matt Kassian, who is the big enforcer, drove hard to the net and deflected the pass right into the net.
The Wild Standouts
I thought the line with Bailey and Kassian worked very hard. The two of them deserved the goal. They were the two hardest working guys we had.