It seemed like the Minnesota Wild would never win a single game ever again. Painful loss after painful loss, the season began slipping away from them and while mathematically, it will be a very steep hill to climb for the Wild to reach the postseason, it's not impossible and the display that they had against the New York Islanders gives us some confidence.
Plainly, the Wild stomped the Islanders into some frozen Minnesota ground. A miraculous three power-play goals led the way as the Wild earned a 5-0 victory. Joel Eriksson Ek netted two goals, and Marcus Foligno and Mats Zuccarello each scored a goal and earned an assist. It was a total team effort with a 40-21 shots on goal advantage -- and there was a good reason.
Marc-Andre Fleury now, with this 21-save shutout win, was earned 552 victories in the NHL, surpassing Patrick Roy for second all-time in league history. Martin Brodeur sits at the top of the list with 691, so Fleury will just need to stick around for four to six more years to contest for that. He can play into his mid-40s, right?
- We all know that the Wild aren't tanking and that these losses are mainly piling up because of injuries to key players, but, can the Wild truly afford to not tank at this stage? Shouldn't they try to use this one terrible start of a season to just attempt to get some game-breaking talent and make the whole team better? [Hockey Wilderness]
- In case you missed the game, it featured both Kirill Kaprizov and Jonas Brodin back to full health. The only player now that is out is Jared Spurgeon, and he was put on LTIR which means he won't be back until Jan. 27 at the earliest. [The Hockey News]
- GM Bill Guerin spoke with the media yesterday and he is more than confident that this Wild team can still make the postseason. He's not giving up (largely because he created this team with its flaws). [NHL dot com]
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