After stellar road trip, Wild returns home just as sharp

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 24, 2013 - 8:53 AM

Niklas Backstrom continued his exceptional goaltending with 33 saves for his 27th career shutout.

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rjr2205Mar. 23, 13 7:43 PM

Solid game and great to keep the 4 game winning streak alive to make it a streak of 5! In several early season games I was very critical of Backstrom's going down , flopping around and being out out of position. Today he looked very controlled in his positioning, going down and I don't recall one instance of his flopping around! It may be that as his team gives him better support and shows the ability to score goals he's more relaxed. Whatever the reason, he looks awesome!! As for the rest of the team, great all around effort by every line!! Go WILD!!!!

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MKIAhockey130johnMar. 23, 1310:09 PM

They say a star on a basketball team is more valuable because less players and your star can play allot more minutes. Suter changes that rule because he can play half of the game, you take Suter on the ice playing like he can and that is devastating to the other team. This team wins when Backstrom gets reasonable support in front of him, he slumps now and then but always returns in the end.... Kim Johnnson was the last guy that was able to log those type of minutes like Suter, we traded him plus Leddy for a guy named MA Barker, I think Suter is better than johnsson..... Suter and Backstrom are a powerful duo, if nothing changes were cup bound with those two

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zatawayMar. 24, 13 1:15 AM

It's fun to see this team really hitting its stride. Parise and Suter have been worth every penny, not only in play but in energy, work-ethic, and leadership. Add in a number of excellent young players, a good-looking group in Houston, and this franchise has the potential be like Chicago and be a threat year-in, year-out.

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rodeoguyMar. 24, 13 8:16 AM

The wild are playing great and really fun to watch the only down for me is the ugly green home jerseys.I am a one man campaign to get rid of them.I would also like to see Jason Zucker back on that second line and on the power play.

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twinsfanwy1Mar. 24, 13 9:14 AM

Yes, Backstrom looked great again yesterday. But give credit to Yeo for keeping his guys floorchecking and not sitting back with their lead. The Wild kept attacking all game long. I also agree with other posters here that Suter is proving to be worth every penny we signed him for. Our power play is fun to watch. With young guys like Coyle, Zucker, and Brodin the future does indeed look bright. Go Wild!!!

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ml1snyderMar. 24, 1311:04 AM

Now, are we still worried about Jared Spurgeon not being 6' tall???

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ml1snyderMar. 24, 1311:11 AM

One guy you should be worried about and is well over 6' tall is Justin Falk. He had some rather large brain cramps yesterday. How about when you're sitting behind your own net for 20 seconds as the lines change, try passing the breakout to YOUR OWN TEAM!!!! Geesh, you had all day to make that pass. Ensuing defensive zone action develops into PP for Sharks. Luckily no score. Woooo-Saaaa. OK, I'm better now. I know, the Wild won...chill. Falk and Stoner can make me mental somedays.

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sgjsdadMar. 24, 1312:38 PM

' I think Suter is better than johnsson.....' Really? Suter better than Johnsson? Please detect the sarcasm and answer this; exactly how long did it take you to reach this stunningly obvious conclusion?

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sgjsdadMar. 24, 1312:40 PM

'Now, are we still worried about Jared Spurgeon not being 6' tall???' Not as long as he is paired with Clayton Stoner in 5-on-5 situations.

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billyboyMar. 24, 13 3:23 PM

I'd like Stoner and Falk to take a spot on the bench in favor of Clark, Prosser and/or Scandella. Then I'll feel very good about the team throughout the lineup! But of course, tough to mess with what's working...

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