Motivated Wild strikes early on Edmonton in 5-3 victory

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 17, 2013 - 7:03 AM

Minnesota took a big step toward the playoffs by beating Edmonton a night after topping Calgary.

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lindy_frank123Apr. 16, 1311:19 PM

Guys you can't keep taking that foot off the pedal. Keep it down there. In the playoffs you have to finish strong.

clinto1054Apr. 16, 1311:24 PM

Not sure what more can be said about the level of play from Brodin.....just impressive - game after game.

wdntyouknwApr. 16, 1311:38 PM

Can we get a video compilation of uncalled high-sticks on the Wild in the last 10 games and youtube that? We just need the right music to accompany...

hockey9592Apr. 16, 1311:43 PM

Nice to see the Wild score 9 goals in back-to-back road wins with both Zucker and Bouchard in the lineup. I never understood why Zucker and Bouchard couldn’t both be in the lineup because they both make 3 scoring lines possible. Zucker played well, got hurt, and Bouchard took his place. Bouchard plays well, Zucker returns from injury but is sent down? After that I read so many comments that Bouchard “stole” Zuker’s spot and every time Bouchard didn’t produce he was used as the scapegoat for all of the Wild’s problem. Ridiculous and the last 2 games proves 3 balanced scoring lines has been effective.

caferevApr. 17, 1312:18 AM

The fourth line was fun to watch tonight. Wish they could keep those three together the rest of the year. I like Rupp, but it's so nice to have skill all over the ice, and Granlund's ready for this. He's worked so hard to learn the NHL game that it would be great to see him stay. I know he won't, but I wish that line could remain together. Then you'd REALLY be "rolling four lines," and that's how Chicago won the Cup in 2010.

caferevApr. 17, 1312:20 AM

@hockey9592 I can imagine that Bouchard agrees with you; I mean, the only time he produces is when Zucker is around.

crazyhorse89Apr. 17, 13 3:08 AM

Wow do you guys love Zucker...yes, he injects some good energy, but he is the third best rookie on the team (sorry, but he doesn't touch the all around play of Coyle and Brodin). He was better served going down to the minors instead of playing on the 4th line. You could argue that he should have stayed on the 2nd line, but when he went out, butchie picked up his game and has played decent since. The biggest thing I saw with both players is that their game went downhill without Cullen. Don't get me wrong, I like the kid, but as i stated, he is not Brodin or Coyle. Those two are looking like complete studs. Just hope they all continue to improve. Keep winning Wild, strange things can happen in the playoffs.

MKIAhockey130johnApr. 17, 13 5:41 AM

@ Lindy, I can't fault them this time for taking the pedal off of the gas, the Flames and Edmonton were a gift for this team, a gift for this team or any team. The Wild core foundation as I have said to you many times Lindy, is not about grit and hard work like it use to be, those days slowly began to remove itself over the last 4 years. Maybe they will compete 3 periods in the playoffs, This team will get spanked against the Sharks on Thursday Lindy

tcatheartApr. 17, 13 6:51 AM

It is no coincidence that the wild struggled while Cullen was out and now have won twice since he returned. He is a very big factor in how well the Wild play. They need to re-sign him this off season.

kfg31cApr. 17, 13 6:56 AM

Thank the hockey gods that there wasn't another 5 minutes left in the 3rd period.....I'm not confident that we would have prevailed. Where was the hitting last night? Except for that one excellent one from Coyle I can't remember another meaningful blast....let's look at these reasons why there should have been incentive to bury a few guys; Payback for the Clutterbuck cheapshop, payback for three of our guys taking high sticks that drew blood, payback for Backstrom getting plowed into twice, countless Oiler cheapshots. Are the boy's under orders not to be physical? It just doesn't make sense. It was nice to see a few guys get on the board last night....way to go Stoner you played well last night too. Purposely missing the net on that shot, excellent...


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