Jim Souhan: Zucker hears voices, goes to the net for winner

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 6, 2013 - 11:44 AM

The rookie went to the net and was rewarded with an overtime winner.

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worf67May. 6, 13 7:27 AM

Hearing voices in his head? They have people who can help with him with that =) Seriously, what a great game the team played and they need to keep that up if they want to win this series. Josh should keep starting the way he is playing. He was fantastic!

dirtydogsMay. 6, 13 8:47 AM

Love how Yeo is patting himself on the back for putting Zucker on the ice. Yet in the 3rd period he pulled Zucker for most of the period while the Hawks were dominant and scored the tying goal. Guess Yeo suddenly smartened up and put Zucker out for his next regular shift. Yeo almost cost us the game with his line management and passive play in the 3rd period. Not sure why he change lines in the 3rd when the team was playing well up to that point. Yeo is proving to still be a very green rookie coach. Sure wish an experienced veteran coached this team as Yeo does not appear to have the ability to coach young talent and his first panicky reply is to demote the talent. What a joke.

skeptikMay. 6, 13 9:47 AM

Except for that last eight minutes of the third period when the Wild decided that it wanted to spend that entire time in their own end, this was a very entertaining game to watch. The first game of the series and this third game should tell the Wild team loud and clear that they can stay right with Chicago. I am hoping that the Wild open their ears and eyes and really start to believe what those games are telling them.

boatinMay. 6, 1310:13 AM

Dirtydogs, Zucker was dinged up in the 3rd and couldn't go. Is that the coaches fault? So you would replace a coach because a player was hurt and you had no choice but to adjust lines? I am sure glad you are not our GM. I am not a huge Yeo fan but he takes a lot of unfair criticism. I felt his biggest mistake was the TO after the icing in the 3rd. Quenneville knew that when he stepped on the gas late in the 3rd and we had no way of slowing them.

fatredneckMay. 6, 1312:02 PM

"after the Wild went into a defensive shell the final seven or eight minutes"...and this is completely on idiot yeo...why would you do that?? you need to keep the foot on the gas and not go into "prevent" defense...it was foolish and yeo was lucky.

spector075May. 6, 1312:41 PM

He needs to share the goal scoring GPS's with the rest of the team

caferevMay. 6, 13 1:47 PM

Gawd, Jim, you and your negative, cynical outlook on the life. Here are the FACTS: Jason Zucker was playing great hockey--he totally energized a team when he arrived--during his first call-up. Then, he took the cheap shot against Anaheim. Bouchard was inserted, Seto and Cullen didn't miss a beat, and Zucker was demoted to the fourth line when he returned, not having a chance to once again be effective. But he was on fire during his first stint, before the injury. In truth, his numbers say that he was on pace (4 goals in 11 games) for a 30 goal season if it were a full 82-game slate. Then he went down, played well down there, came up to a tight and nervous team desperate to win and tried to do too much while a coach--manning a sinking ship--expected perhaps too much of him and placed undue pressure on such a young player. Now, the pressure is off the Wild, it's off Jason Zucker, and he's once again effective. In fact, he could have TWO overtime winners already with just a bit of luck. But to suggest he was sent down the first time because he was immature or inconsistent or ineffective is absurd--it proves you know nothing about the kid. It was a numbers game, that's all. Zucker has looked terrific in this series. He's just not some snot nose rookie that's needed to learn things the hard way. Your article is idiotic.

dakfanviewMay. 6, 13 6:40 PM

I'm calling Blazing saddles. If his teammates had have his jump this wouldn't be close. Maybe we didn't need Mike Rupp. I geuss Good post and traffic cones are hard to find.

wisstinks4May. 6, 1310:40 PM

Jimmy, this article could have been better. How bout Cullen's rubbing off finally paysoff for Zucker and Wild. The kid has a nose for the puck and fr the net. Great job Cully. Zucker is teachable and has developed wll. I hope he can be a great two way player for us.

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