Sluggish, disjointed Gophers shut out by Denver

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 2, 2013 - 12:14 AM

The Gophers' power play, ranked the best in the nation, failed them in the opener against Denver.

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siouxchampMar. 1, 1310:28 PM

Well at least the Gophers got a sweep once this year in the WCHA. Alaska-Anchorage at home I believe.

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dexterjibsMar. 1, 1310:29 PM

I hope the Gophers realize they are a team in trouble. There is no sense of urgency in this team, but that isn't unusual in a Don Lucia coached team. Their big time players are falling flat. You can't score goals when you shoot the puck at the goalie. If their big time players don't step up, they won't make the Frozen 4 and that would be sad because this is truly a talented team. Wow, this team is getting hard to watch.

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oman69Mar. 1, 1310:39 PM

The top 2 lines were terrible tonight. Bjugstad has been non-existent since Christmas. 5 power plays...2 shots on net. Denver had 8 during those power plays. A top seed for NCAA playoffs are not looking good. Something or someone needs to get this team going....umm where is the coaching leadership?

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Douglind33Mar. 1, 1310:41 PM

Denver coach George G, has his kids ready to play against the Gophers year after year. The Denver kids play many styles of hockey and can smother a team that plays the same game over and over. Tonight's shutout is no surprise to me. If you're predictable, you're beatable. The Gopher braintrust gets outcoached by Denver. If the Gophers have a talent edge, GG figures out how to neutralize it. He and Dean Blais are the best bench brains in the WCHA.

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jones345Mar. 1, 1310:52 PM

Even with the extra skater all night (Sheppard), the chokers could not win. Go Sioux!

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rednusMar. 1, 1311:07 PM

You can't win any tourney winning just one game in a row. This team should be better.

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warriormanMar. 1, 1311:41 PM

This team is overrated and soft. Must be getting ready for Penn State next year.

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MagicMar. 2, 1312:48 AM

My biggest concern with this team is they seem to struggle when opposing teams clog up the neutral zone (ala Wisconsin). I still think this team will make a run in the NCAA's, but this I think they just might of blown their bye in the Final 5.

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voner26Mar. 2, 13 6:15 AM

Lots of great chances but it seems like every shot found the goaltenders mid section. This team has a lot of snipers but tonight they made it easy by shooting right at the biggest part of the goalie. He gave up a ton of rebounds but no Gophers were to be found in and around the paint to knock one in. Wilcox played as good as you can but got no goal support. We are going to have to get it off cruise control and put the foot hard to the petal before this season is lost. Denver had no reason to even be in this game except for their hustle. Gophs had a lot more to play for but failed to show up when it counted. Go Gophs!!!!

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ih8undMar. 2, 13 6:27 AM

This team reminds me of the Woog years - tons of talent but complacent to just wear the 'M'. When they're on they look like a pro team playing a college team but when they don't feel like being that team then, well, you saw it last night. The reason they stay ranked at #2 is because everyone knows how good they can play but apparently they pick and choose those nights and Lucia has no say in that.

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