Even though the Wild lost another game last night, and lost goalie Nik Backstrom to injury, there were a few bright spots.
During the third period, the Wild seemed to find some of the mojo they had earlier this season, when they were came back from a three goal deficit and forced overtime against the Canadiens. Third period comebacks were a huge part of the Wilds winning ways at the beginning of the season and recently they have gotten away from the style of play that allowed them to stay in games even when behind heading into the final frame.
On the lighter side, a couple plays from last night’s game ended up on ESPN’s Not Top 10.
The first play to get national attention on ESPN was a brutal hit by Canadiens’ Alexei Emelin. You might be asking why a great hit would make the Not Top 10? Well, when you miss your intended target and send your own teammate, in this case Eric Cole, end over end through the air, that is not a good thing. But it was funny. Luckily, Cole was alright and Emelin only suffered a bruised pride.
The second play was one I would rather forget. On his way to the net to try and tie the shootout at 1 goal a piece, Devin Setoguchi lost control of the puck, along with his skates, and went barreling to the ice without a chance in the world of getting a shot on net. I almost cried when I saw it the first time. I mean, if Setoguchi had stayed on his feet and kept control of the puck, he could have scored and sent the shootout into extra frames. But instead he ends up with his butt on the ice and Wild nation beating their heads into a wall. But after seeing the play a few times now, I can see the humor in it. It was a pretty epic wipe out all things considered. If it had happened to any other team, I would have laughed my butt off all day long. But right now, I can only let out a half-hearted chuckle when the Not Top 10 comes on ESPN.
I would have preferred a win from the Wild, but those two plays almost made up for the loss of a point.
If you haven’t seen either of these plays, check them out here Not Top 10. Oh and by the way, two of the other Not Top 10 plays of the week were involved the Minnesota Timberwolves. What does it say about Minn. sports when two of the state’s professional teams make up 4 of the 11 Not Top 10 plays, including last week’s “Worst of the Worst.” Just saying.
That’s it for now,