Penalties costly as Wild's five-game win streak ends

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 11, 2011 - 12:57 AM

San Jose took advantage of the man-advantage, getting two power-play goals in the second period from Patrick Marleau.

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adri0801Nov. 11, 11 3:18 AM

We got destroyed, we didn't play like we did the past five games, simple as that. Hope we can rebound.

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hockeyfoxNov. 11, 11 7:30 AM

Note to Backstrom..please DO NOT handle the puck outside the goalie crease.

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uffda57Nov. 11, 11 7:47 AM

I hate to say it, but the Wild is getting killed by poor refereeing these days. Too many calls are questionable, especially when you see the opposing team does exactly the same or worse and gets no call at all. This is changing the way the Wild play the game, and not for the better. Where was the physical game last night? It was completely absent...Clutterbuck and Gillies looked like they were more ready to hand out milk and cookies rather than checks! And who can blame them? The refs give them 5 minute majors and match penalties for head butts that didn't happen, boarding penalties that didn't happen, trips that didn't happen. Maybe the league should just admit that each team playing the Wild should get a minimum of 5 power plays a game, or more if the opposing team can't get a goal.

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floridascottNov. 11, 11 8:05 AM

When do we start talking about the guy making $7.3M this year and is on pace for 6 goals? This is the same guy that plays on the top line with the teams other top players. The guy who gets the first shift of every power play the Wild has. The guy who, for many games this year has been an afterthought. This "first line" center who has been outplayed by the second line center and probably the third line center on this years team. And also the guy who is owed $47.25M over the next 7 years. A guy who has a bigger cap hit than fellow centers...Henrik Zetterberg, Johnathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, Henrik Sedin, Phil Kessel, Ryan Kessler....and many more very good centers.

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mgalaforetNov. 11, 11 8:21 AM

Clutterbuck needs to be moved to the fourth line. Just pay attention people, he hits and has energy, which is fine. But he doesn't have anywhere near the skill level of his linemates Brodziak and Johnson. Powe would be better utilized on that line.

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yoyoyouyoNov. 11, 11 8:23 AM

Backstrom sucks. I've been posting this for some time. He is too slow. He can't move from side to side or get back to his post after cutting down the angle. He' not athletic enough. Harding deserves the #1 spot. Ref's are horrible. Inexcuseable. Where are our Money guys? Koivu especially. Heatly and Setoguchi need to step up in a BIG way. I know we are doing fine, but fine isn't good enough when you pay that kinda dough.

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uffda57Nov. 11, 11 8:40 AM

Last night, the Wild lived and died on special teams. Five-on-five, they handled the Sharks, pretty much shut them down. BUT, the PK let us down, not because they were bad, but because the Sharks are the #1 powerplay in the league at home, and they were given FAR too many chances. Again, bad calls were a big part of that. On the other side, the Wild PP STILL is not connecting. Had they scored on even ONE of the PPs, they would have been in the game. And again, like I said above, they seem to be afraid to play the physical game now, after being burned so badly by the refs in the Calgary game. This last game isn't likely to make them any more willing to go out and play a physical game, as they know they will get majors if they even look at an opposing player the wrong way and he complains to the ref about it.

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hockeyfoxNov. 11, 11 8:49 AM

Between the salaries of Koivu and Backstrom, that is a ton of money tied up on payroll.

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deepbreathNov. 11, 11 8:53 AM

Somebody please explain to me how Koivu and Zidlicky end up on the All Star ballot and not Cullen? We have AT LEAST 3 other blueliners better than Zids and I don't think any of them are all-stars. Not yet anyway.

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uffda57Nov. 11, 11 9:22 AM

@hockeyfox....are you seriously suggesting that the Wild would have won last night with Harding in goal? The only goal where Backs looked bad was the first one, and he and Falk share the blame equally on that one. If Harding had played last night and lost, would I have been justified in blaming it on his poor play, or would I more properly look at the complete lack of physical play and the rash of penalties as the real problem? When the team loses, the goalie comes in for blame, rightly or wrongly. When the team wins, the goalie is praised, rightly or wrongly. It comes with the position, goat or hero, those are the only two choices you get. Backs shuts out the Flames in Calgary, DESPITE the Wild being shorthanded the equivalent of an entire period....he's a hero. The Wild again ends up shorthanded 5 times last night against the NHL's best home PP, and they give up a couple of goals...what a surprise! Must be the overpaid goaltender's fault, eh? Fortunately, we have a coach and GM who look beyond simplistic blame games and work to deal with the real issues, instead of kneejerkers who immediately want to trade someone because they're the fall guy for a TEAM loss.

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