Wild able to keep a good thing going

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 18, 2011 - 12:12 AM

In the team's return to St. Paul, Niklas Backstrom shut out Colorado and Devin Setoguchi scored the winner.

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lakneeNov. 17, 1110:02 PM

ARRey sez: Are they for real?

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april24Nov. 17, 1111:26 PM

Not a perfect win but I'll take it. Again, the Brodziak line is playing awesome. They keep the puck in the offensive zone and cycle, cycle, cycle. Hope they bring a litle more offense to Saturday's game cuz I'm going to be there.

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kcfrandNov. 18, 1112:41 AM

awesomeness

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mgalaforetNov. 18, 11 5:26 AM

I would suggest fans listen to the post game interviews. Yeo schooled whiny Russo,who harped about the first line's lack of offense. Funny, that line scored the winning goal. Funny, did the other team's top-line score? At least he admitted that the first line scores big goals, but it seems Russo was even reluctant to admit that. MK was one of the best players on the ice last night. Great play to put it on the tape of Shultz who totally blew-it. Personally, after watching the first line for several games, I would question the effort of Heatley. D was solid, and in my opinion, a key reason why the goaltending has been good as well.

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bjflorida28Nov. 18, 11 5:57 AM

Keep it up....we have great goaltending...nice to see them on top...lets keep it that way

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alexjackNov. 18, 11 6:11 AM

Good win, these are the kind they have to win if they are to make the playoffs

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minneg56Nov. 18, 11 6:42 AM

Even though he has been stellar again this season, there still doesn't seem there's tons of 'love' for Backstrom. True enough he has a big contract and that does make athletes lightning rods for criticism. But of local athletes who have higher end contacts, he's about the only one who has actually lived up to his big pay.

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mgalaforetNov. 18, 11 7:58 AM

Heh Russo, you are President of the BB fan club. With all of your harping about the lack of scoring from the first line, why aren't you keeping us updated on how Mr $6MM man is doing? Is it because he has a below-average +/- for SJS defensemen? Or that he is third among SJS defensemen in terms of scoring?

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uffda57Nov. 18, 11 8:00 AM

This team has now won 8 of its last 10, and it's still the best-kept secret in hockey. I have a feeling they'd have to win every game 10-0 before the national media would even deign to look in their direction for even a millisecond. All this team does is win, night after night. It has beaten Detroit twice, Edmonton twice, and absolutely destroyed the Canucks. When they beat Columbus a couple of nights ago, everyone was saying, "C'mon, it's just the Blue Jackets, no big deal". Looks like the Bruins got a big scare from them last night, having to eke out a win in a shootout with them. It truly amazes me sometimes about how this town treats its sports teams, almost like they aren't happy unless the team is losing and they can complain about it. Granted, the Twolves, Twins and Vikings have made that pretty easy most years, but then when a team has success, they just don't know how to handle it. It's natural to get down on a team when they are losing and not playing well, but folks, the Wild is not only winning, it is winning with some great play. So what if they only win by one goal. Is that worth any fewer points than a blowout? The fact that this team WINS one goal games almost every time is important, because those are teams that find a way to win no matter what, which is what you need when the playoffs come around. This team is getting some early experience in playing under pressure, and it will pay off in the coming months.

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mrblueskyNov. 18, 11 8:32 AM

I am glad someone notices Heatleys lack of effort. I wondered last night if he is even breathing hard when he goes off the ice? Plays like he doesnt want to be here. MK has had two pretty good games in a row. I am really impressed with Spurgeon! Actually, all of our defensemen. I enjoy watching Brodziak, he brings it every single night, kind of like a Captain should! Backs looked pretty good again. Not the funnest game to watch, but they won, AGAIN! Way to go WILD!

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