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RYAN “HAT TRICK” SUTER
After Ryan Suter netted his second power play goal Saturday night I was searching for the best pun I could put on Wild.com regarding his game. I mentioned something about it to Wild.com Managing Editor Mike Doyle, who simply told me if Suter scored a third goal then I could publish a punny headline. At the time it was obvious he didn’t think it would happen, the likelihood seemed pretty low given Suter had found the back of the net for the first time this season just games before.
Well, in the third period, Suter streaked out of the penalty box with Clayton Stoner on a two-on-one. Then this happened. And we couldn’t resist publishing a great headline: Matching Sute And Hat (stick tap to Doyle for landing on the eventual headline). Suter noted in his postgame interview it was his first hatty in, well, ever.
@mnwild tweeted out a graphic celebrating the hat trick, which wasn’t only Suter’s first, but the first by a Wild defenseman in team history. Including his hat trick, Suter had four goals and two assists with a plus-6 rating, earning him the NHL’s Third Star of the week.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Wild are on the road once again this week. But this time, Wild.com is giving fans an exclusive look into the daily routines on the road. With Digital Content Manager Ryan Stanzel providing the commentary, check out what life away from the State of Hockey is like for the Wild and everyone who makes the trip on Air Force Wild.
Check out Day 2's installment here, and be sure to come back for the full story each day.
Marco Scandella put in his bid for best celly of the season Thursday night against Buffalo.
After tallying a give-and-go with Matt Cooke, Scandella kissed his glove then swept the ice. It was brilliant and a great move for such a spur of the moment thing. It was only his second goal of the season and he certainly made the most of his celly opportunity.
PICTURES WORTH 1,000 WORDS
It’s already been a roller coaster of a season for Minnesota, but nothing really compares to reliving some of its best moments.
Check out this photo gallery, capturing some of the best moments from the first half of the 2013-14 season, including the emergence of Josh Harding in net, some spectacular goals and plenty of milestones.
HE WAS GOING TO GO TOP SHELF
Last week Kyle Brodziak experienced a first against Buffalo: he was awarded a goal though he never put the puck in the net. It’s a rule he’s seen before, but he was never a part of it, as he was pulled down from behind as he was going for an empty net.
His awarded goal broke a 30-game goalless drought and head coach Mike Yeo joked after the game the centerman was going to go top shelf with it. I caught up with Brodziak the following day and you can see what he had to say about it in this Instagram video. (Forgive how loud I sound; the camera was right next to my head.)
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
Jason Zucker has been back and forth between Minnesota and Iowa a bit this season, but he recently got to show the State of Hockey a little bit about his life. Featured in the latest episode of “Becoming Wild,” Zucker takes us around Vegas and shows off his hometown while giving fans a peek into his daily routine — and where he keeps his Skittles.
Zucker’s journey to the NHL was also featured recently on Wild.com, exploring just how one kid found his way from Sin City to the State of Hockey.
ALL ABOUT THE WAVE
In early December Charlie Coyle and a young Wild fan became an Internet sensation as Coyle made the fan’s day with a simple wave in warm ups.
Well, the two recently met and we were there to catch their conversation. While it takes Henry some time to warm up to being on camera and meeting one of his favorite Wild players, he soon can’t stop talking. If nothing else, watch it just to see how spunky the little five-year-old is.
KIDS THESE DAYS
As the Wild has faced some rather unfortunate injuries recently, the locker room appears to be getting younger and younger. Heck there’s already a line of 21-year-olds — Zucker, Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter.
The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo looked into the decreasing average age of the Wild’s roster in a piece Sunday, prior to news regarding Mikko Koivu.
Also, check out what Russo had to say after Darcy Kuemper and Niederreiter lifted the Wild to a 2-1 shootout victory agaisnt the Kings Tuesday night. Not only does he have some solid quotes from Kuemper, but he's also got some interesting stuff on the netminder from his teammates; and of couse, some analysis regarding Nino's GTG and shootout GWG outing.
A FEW OBSERVATIONS
Here at Wild.com, we like to give our Five Takeaways from every game. Saturday night Doyle may have done his best work all season as he looked back on an action-packed 5-3 win over Washington.
Everything you could imagine made its way into those takes: from Suter’s hatty to some observations on bikini-clad girls. Now ladies, I don’t endorse wearing bikinis to games as a way of getting a mention into the Takes — it seems a bit desperate — but I’m not here to judge because once you make it in the Takes, you’ve made it in life.