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Glen Andresen's Live In-Game Commentary at Calgary

Thursday, 04.08.2010 / 2:01 PM / Minnesota Wild | Features
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Wild GameDay

Pregame Notes: at Calgary

Wild.com: Injury Report

View From the Lighthouse:
     Week of April 5, 2010
Good evening State of Hockey legion, and a Happy DABDay to all of you. Not to condescend, but to those of you who don't know, DABDay is short for "Draw A Bird" Day. It's a day when people all over the world draw birds, and then share them for the world to see. As I do every year on this day, I whipped up a little doodle of a bird and wanted to share it with all of you in the legion...

I hope you like it. It's a bald eagle and his name is Robert The Earl. I scribbled it about 20 minutes ago, right here in my Como Park Palace living room. It is here that I'll be watching the final Wild road game of the year, and believe it or not, I'm not overly sad about that. As you may have heard, the Wild has struggled a bit on the road this year. In fact, I've come up with a phrase to summarize their struggles: "The road has been unkind to the Wild." Now I just need to get that phrase trademarked and I'll be good to go if anyone decides to use it.

But I'm not worried tonight. The Wild has a rested Niklas Backstrom between the red posts, and he always brings the heat, especially this year in Calgary.

As for the lineup, the Wild has all kinds of injuries, so other guys are going to have to step up (that's another phrase I just thought of and I'm hoping to trademark as well). Martin Havlat (leg), Guillaume Latendresse (back), Owen Nolan (leg), Marek Zidlicky (arm), Josh Harding (hip), Andrew Ebbett (finger) and Clayton Stoner (hernia) and Nick Schultz (leg) are all out with injuries. Chuck Kobasew (knee) is set to return from his injury.

Maxim Noreau is going to make his NHL debut tonight, so that means there won't be any healthy scratches. Noreau becomes the eighth player to make his NHL debut with the Wild this season, and he's the 40th player to play a Wild game this year, which is a team record.

As for attire, the Wild will be going with the road whites for tonight's contest. The Calgary Flames are sporting the home reds trimmed in black, yellow and white with the burning "C" on the chest.

That's going to do it. Get your utensils, draw that bird and let's do this road thing for the last time this season. And cross your fingers that we'll hear "This Town" by O.A.R. because life wouldn't be right without it.

Period 1

17:37 - Kyle Brodziak is on a line with Cal Clutterbuck and Derek Boogaard tonight, so there could be some big hits when that trio is on the ice. Here they have a decent chance as Boogey hits Brodzy with a long pass. Number 21 skates up the left side and gets a shot off that Miikka Kiprusoff sponges up.

12:36 - There has been a dearth of shots from either team thus far, but former Flame Chuck Kobasew has the first decent shot. A loose puck pops right to him in the slot and he just smacks a rising shot that Kiprusoff gets a piece of with the lobster glove.

10:49 - The Flames get their first chance as Niklas Hagman gains control of a loose puck right at the doorstep. He makes a quick move and puts a shot on, but Backstrom plays it perfectly to take that one away.

7:57 - MIN 1 - CGY 0 - Welcome back Chucky! Coming back from a knee injury, Kobasew lights the lamp on the Wild's first power play. Brent Burns feeds one over to Casey Wellman at the top of the left circle. He blasts a shot toward the goal and Kobasew puts a perfect tip on it past Kiprusoff and in. That's the start we were looking for. 

4:13 - Mark Giordano tries to line up Clutterbuck as he dumps the puck into the Calgary zone, but Clutter is ready. He gets rid of it and then springs up to absolutely blow up Giordano and send him reeling to the ice.

0:00 - A nice road period for the Wild to oopen up an early lead. They'll get to the locker room for some team bonding and come out hard for the second stanza.

Period 2

15:07 - Not a lot of excitement in this period, but the Wild is about to go on another power play. Wellman races after the puck with that burst of speed he's shown often, and it's too much for Robyn Regehr, who has to hold him and take an interference penalty.

12:55 - Just after the power play expires, James Sheppard gets some space up the middle and lets a low, hard shot go from the top of circles. Kiprusoff easily snares that one with the mitt.

11:37 - MIN 1 - CGY 1 - One great save is not enough for Backstrom as former Clarkson Knight Craig Conroy and former Michigan Wolverine David Moss work a give and go before dropping a pass back to a rushing Nigel Dawes. Backstrom robs Dawes' first shot, but the rebound comes right back to him, and this time he doesn't miss.

10:44 - Holy jumper! Kiprusoff has trouble with a shallow angle floater from Clutterbuck and he pushes the rebound over to the other side where Kobasew is pressing to look for his second. He puts a shot right at the yawning net, but Kipper somehow throws his leg over there and gets a toe on it an instant before it can cross the line.

2:49 - Something please happen.

2:20 - This counts. Andrew Brunette drops a nice little pass to Mikko Koivu at the top of the left circle. He gets off a one-timer that forces fellow Finn into a tough glove save.

Period 3

19:06 - No matter the standings situation, Backstrom continues to play his best hockey. With Calgary on a 5-on-3 advantage, Backstrom comes up huge to deny Steve Staios from eight feet out.

17:46 - Yikes! No sooner do I finish typing that when Backstrom takes a wicked shot from Moss that hits him right up in the mask area. He goes down immediately, and after being checked out by Don Fuller, he's going to have to head off. That means Wade Dubielewicz will enter the game for his shot at redemption from his only appearance this year, which was a loss in Dallas.

14:09 - Dooby finally gets his first look at a shot on goal, and he passes that test. Again, it comes from Moss from the same spot that he took down Backstrom. But Doobey gets his glove on the shot and then picks it out of the air as it floats up near his head.

13:18 - Dawes is TO'd at something that Big John Scott does to him, so he pretends like he wants a piece of the behemoth. Scott is visibly laughing at him, and at former Michigan Wolverine Erik Nystrom who also comes in like he wants something.

11:39 - Poor Doobey. He was thrown in during a Calgary power play, and now he finds himself killing another 5-on-3 as Nate Prosser gets called for hooking on a very questionable call. Prosser had been stung in the hand just seconds before on a shot from the point.

8:58 - With the Wild on the power play, the Flames take another penalty. On the delay, Koivu gets the puck along the boards and he makes a beautiful pass to Kobasew cutting through the back door. Unfortunately, Kipper reads it perfectly and makes a spectacular save. The Wild will now have 1:14 of a 5-on-3.

6:57 - Both teams are now at full strength.

5:48 - I should just copy and paste this from previous commentaries. Greg Zanon gets hit with a shot, and he goes down in a heap, then hobbles to the bench. This follows James Sheppard making his way to the locker room just minutes before. These injuries are getting ridiculous.

2:46 - Zanon is back out there. Shocking, I know.

0:00 - We just can't get enough road hockey, can we? We'll head to overtime as the Wild looks for a third win this season in Calgary.

Period 3

19:06 - No matter the standings situation, Backstrom continues to play his best hockey. With Calgary on a 5-on-3 advantage, Backstrom comes up huge to deny Steve Staios from eight feet out.

17:46 - Yikes! No sooner do I finish typing that when Backstrom takes a wicked shot from Moss that hits him right up in the mask area. He goes down immediately, and after being checked out by Don Fuller, he's going to have to head off. That means Wade Dubielewicz will enter the game for his shot at redemption from his only appearance this year, which was a loss in Dallas.

14:09 - Dooby finally gets his first look at a shot on goal, and he passes that test. Again, it comes from Moss from the same spot that he took down Backstrom. But Doobey gets his glove on the shot and then picks it out of the air as it floats up near his head.

13:18 - Dawes is TO'd at something that Big John Scott does to him, so he pretends like he wants a piece of the behemoth. Scott is visibly laughing at him, and at former Michigan Wolverine Erik Nystrom who also comes in like he wants something.

11:39 - Poor Doobey. He was thrown in during a Calgary power play, and now he finds himself killing another 5-on-3 as Nate Prosser gets called for hooking on a very questionable call. Prosser had been stung in the hand just seconds before on a shot from the point.

8:58 - With the Wild on the power play, the Flames take another penalty. On the delay, Koivu gets the puck along the boards and he makes a beautiful pass to Kobasew cutting through the back door. Unfortunately, Kipper reads it perfectly and makes a spectacular save. The Wild will now have 1:14 of a 5-on-3.

6:57 - Both teams are now at full strength.

5:48 - I should just copy and paste this from previous commentaries. Greg Zanon gets hit with a shot, and he goes down in a heap, then hobbles to the bench. This follows James Sheppard making his way to the locker room just minutes before. These injuries are getting ridiculous.

2:46 - Zanon is back out there. Shocking, I know.

0:00 - We just can't get enough road hockey, can we? We'll head to overtime as the Wild looks for a third win this season in Calgary.

Overtime

2:20 - Wellman has shown numerous bursts of speed tonight as he tries to go hard to the net up the left side. He pushes another shot on goal, but can't get much mustard on it as he's being checked by a Flames defender.

0:00 - Few chances for either team in this overtime. This one will be decided in a shootout...I hope.

Shootout

Koivu is going to lead us off tonight against his countryman. He tries to go with a shot, but Kiprusoff easily keeps it out.

Here's Wild-killer Jarome Iginla, and he is denied by the waffle glove of Dubie (that's how it's spelled on his mask).

It's Brent Burns' turn, and he pulls out the Koivu backhand flip and beats Kiprusoff smoothly.

Here's Dawes for the tie, but no way. Dubie stays with him and stuffs him with the leg pillow.

Antti Miettinen can end this thing right here, and he does it with a beautiful move before putting a backhand into the top shelf. Three for three in Calgary!




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