Numbers just don't add up in Wild loss

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2011 - 3:26 PM

Without Mikko Koivu and the sick Kyle Brodziak, the Wild couldn't keep up with the Kings as they leapfrogged into fifth.

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nsjohn130Feb. 25, 1112:48 AM

There were THREE times in this game alone that I heard "xx passes to Miettinen, OOOOHH AND HE JUST COULDN'T FINISH IT!" and variations of the sort. The Wild would have actually been up 3-1 if only Mittens could get the puck in the net. But the entire game was brutal for everyone. Burns made some BIG mistakes, and Stoner looked like he was learning to skate in pee wee's again. Zid doesn't look the same, I think hes not healed. The lines looked exactly like what they are...mixed up and not very deep. Rough.

grizzlysteveFeb. 25, 11 1:32 AM

Todd Richards have you discovered finally that pulling the goalie in the last three games you had grand hopes turned to futility. Are you willing to admit that pulling the goalie is a bad move that other fools make.

macwildfanFeb. 25, 11 1:58 AM

@grizzlysteve Your comment makes absolutely no sense. Pulling your goalie when you're down at the end of the game is a maneuver that EVERY team uses. Sure, sometimes you give up an empty net goal, like was the case tonight, but other times the extra attacker helps sustain the forecheck in their zone and leads to the game tying goal (e.g. Bouchard's game tying goal against Phoenix earlier this year, and we went on to win that game). I would recommend learning something about the sport before posting again.

mgalaforetFeb. 25, 11 5:09 AM

It was nice that Burns finally scored. It also would have been nice for BB's pr guy Russo to mention that he was on the ice for three of the Kings goals, and in the box for the fourth. Well at least Nsjohn120 mentioned BBs poor play. And unless it had an impact on Nystrom's goal, does it really matter how many hits Cal C had? I would take half the hits if he would have scored or assisted on a goal or two.

hockeyfoxFeb. 25, 11 6:37 AM

Fletcher has failed to address the teams need to add a scorer. His failure to do so is going to put this teams playoff hopes for this season in doubt. I am amazed at what Richards has done with a very limited roster. Add some talent Fletcher, and next year could be a very good one.

floridascottFeb. 25, 11 7:01 AM

The more I watch BB, the more I am just fine with him being traded. He has a boat load of talent, but I just don't think he will ever put it completely together. Add the fact that the Wild looks pretty deep at the D position and I think it might be time to say goodbye to Mr. Burns. Maybe on Monday or at the draft, but I think the Wild should move him.....Regarding John's comments about Mittens. You are pretty much spot on. I have always thought that AM does an excellent job of finding shooting spots and if you are playing with Bruno he will find you in those spots. He just can't bury a puck, at all. He will fire it wide or the puck will jump his stick. It's always something.

moodog33Feb. 25, 11 7:03 AM

Dear NHL, I am tired and grumpy today. I blame you. Please move west coast start times a bit earlier. Thanks! You don't seem to have any issue if it involves an east coast team playing in the west or the absurd Versus contract restictions. Show Minny some love for a change. Sincerely, NotasYoungas IUsedtoBe

mountingmanFeb. 25, 11 7:36 AM

Any chance of the wild making a deal....? If no move is made, it could be a loooonnng March. Tonights game is critical for the wild, we MUST get a point! A very hot Chicago comes to town on Monday and the very realistic chance of 3 losses in a row could really hurt. GO WILD!!!

jaywalkerFeb. 25, 11 7:37 AM

Wild need to go on a nice losing streak so that they miss the playoffs.

minneg56Feb. 25, 11 7:45 AM

Seems Backstrom has to stop 30 shots to put Wild in the win column. Unfortuntely for Niklas, if he stops less, the team can't win. Quite a bit falls directly on his shoulders. It seem much more so than on other clubs.


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