Suter's hat trick paces 5-3 Wild victory over Washington

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2014 - 6:31 AM

Another bad Wild loss was brewing until Ryan Suter clicked twice on the power play en route to the first hat trick by a Wild defenseman.

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lakneeJan. 4, 14 9:57 PM

ARRey sez: Disagree that Mike Green's goal was fluky. Against any other goaltender in the NHL yes, but against Backstrom? Business as usual.

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mnhockeyguyJan. 4, 1410:00 PM

Nope Zucker isn't a pure goal scorer at all... I hope finally Yeo will just let the kid play from here on out. He's young and he will have some bad games here and there just like Granlund does, but the Wild are desperate for speed and he brings it along with a scorers touch that not a lot of the players on the Wild have. Don't relegate him to a 3rd or 4th line role let him play with skilled players(hopefully granlund whom he seems to have chemistry with)and watch him thrive. Suter is worth every penny of that contract and has been since he's signed. And finally Lapanta and Greenlay are terrible... they never have anything interesting to say! The Fox North Sports crew with the exception of Walz are all pom pom toting cheerleaders.

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crazyhorse89Jan. 4, 1410:22 PM

well, I guess shots aren't that important

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Oglethorpe2Jan. 4, 1411:07 PM

That was one strange game. Backstrom made a few nice saves, although he seemed surprised by all three goals against. He clearly was surprised Ovi threw the puck on net from the point on the first goal and gave up a juicy rebound. I don't think he was set on the toe drag by Green. That was a weak goal. I was too far from the action to see the third goal off the end boards, but once again, he was not ready for a bad bounce. Granlund was really good again. His confidence seems to be growing exponentially. Coyle, Nino and Zucker also played well. Stoner was a stud and Prosser played very physical. This was an uncharacteristic win for the Wild. It was how they probably need to play, at least most of the last two periods.

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danglinfury8Jan. 4, 1411:17 PM

Suter is a savage. Outside of Crosby, name another player in the NHL that is more important to his team..

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bs6699Jan. 4, 1411:22 PM

For sure another strange game. Horrible first period, and the worst game I've seen Pominville play. But a pretty even effort, and finally some breaks fell their way. And they were able to hold it...barely. The last seven minutes or so of the game included a power play with no shots on goal, then full panic/choke mode set in the rest of the way, with Ovy almost breaking the pipe. Good teams don't finish games that way. Still, Yeo may have won a reprieve.

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bhrnew1lJan. 5, 1412:47 AM

Washington has now won one time in the last 7 games, I think Buffalo is a little better as a team but Washington has some star power, both of these teams the Wild just beat are rotten hockey teams. The only reason why the Wild won these two games was because they were at home..... The team fed off the energy in the arena and actually played some spirited hockey, pretty consistently through out the game....... its fine and all, were just passing time until we can get some new players anyway.... The Wild have used up 23 home games so far, hehehehe 21 on the road. Lets see, they are outside of the playoff picture behind those ever so wily coyotes and they have 3 games in hand on the Wild. Dallas has 2 points less than the Wild and they have 3 games in hand, hehehehehe... Its not looking too good for the playoffs

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cmmorgan32Jan. 5, 1412:57 AM

@oglethorpe: Like the guys on the ice for the PK, Backstrom probably thought that Brodziak's (I think) deflection was going to get the puck out of their zone rather than be picked up by Ovechkin. @bs6699: If Yeo gets fired anytime soon, it will likely be around the olympic break (barring another skid). As long as they can compete and potential losses aren't one sided, Yeo will still be around.

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cmmorgan32Jan. 5, 14 2:15 AM

@bhrnew: In case you don't realize it, that gap in games played is minimized by the time the olympic break rolls around. There are a number of teams in the western conference that haven't done to well recently. I count seven teams with losing records in their last 10 games. Heck, L.A. was on a 5 game losing streak before beating Vancouver. Things can change in an instant in the west. There's a reason why playoff spots don't get clinched until there are only a few games remaining. Minnesota is very much alive in the playoff race (despite what you might think). They can certainly get a wild card spot and there are enough divisional games remaining where they could even get one of the 3 playoff spots in the central (likely the 3rd spot from Colorado).

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oldgopherfanJan. 5, 14 2:23 AM

As a MN hockey fan it's really disturbing to see the 'objectivity' of fans who aren't satisfied with anything short of perfection from ALL the players, EVERY game. After watching hockey at all levels from mites to the NHL for 60 years, I've NEVER seen a team that even came close to having each player score a goal a game, get an assist a game, make ZERO mistakes a game, make EVERY save or NEVER miss a pass. The game is won by the team who makes the most of all these things. Jacque Lemaire had it right when he looked for improvement in each game - not perfection.

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