Glen Andresen's Five Takeaways at Detroit
Wednesday, 11.2.2011 / 1:15 AM CT / Minnesota Wild | Features
By Glen Andresen - Manager of Social Media
There’s a lot to say about another amazing Minnesota Wild finish, but I’m going to dive right into the “controversy.” That was not an elbow. That was not a high stick. That wasn’t anything that Mikko Koivu did do avoid getting drilled from behind by Niklas Kronwall, other than outmuscling a guy along the boards in overtime.
While facing the sideboards, Koivu had possession of the puck as Kronwall hit him right between the shoulder blades before flailing backwards onto the ice. The fans screamed bloody murder, Koivu found Setoguchi at the top of the crease annnnnnd ballgame.
Another last minute comeback was in the books and the Wild take five of six points in three games against the Detroit Red Wings in just over two weeks.
Detroit had lost four straight games before tonight’s meeting. The Red Wings don’t suffer through five-game losing streaks, so you knew they would come out like angry hornets on 5 Hour Energy drinks. They did, pumping the first eight shots of the game on Josh Harding, and then putting one by him via a sick deflection by the ageless wonder, Nicklas Lidstrom.
That was it. That was all they could muster. A fired up Detroit team, desperate to score goals, continued to be befuddled by Harding.
Even with two power plays in the third, Harding was dazzling. No save was better than his stack-the-pad glove robbery on Lidstrom, who appeared to have number two locked up with a roof shot. Instead, it just became another of the 110 saves on 114 shots that Detroit has sent his way this season.
What was Justin Falk doing on the ice with a minute left and the Wild down by one? Assisting on Koivu’s game-tying goal, that’s what. The fact is, Falk and his young compadres on the Wild blueline have been phenomenal over these last two games. Other than everybody running around and chasing the puck the first five minutes, the Wild defense was very solid.
Falk may have been the best defenseman against the Wings in Saturday’s win, and he certainly didn’t slow up tonight. The fact that he notched that assist for his first NHL point only solidified his performance as another A+ grade.
Fun fact: Todd Bertuzzi has never really committed a penalty during his time in the NHL. He’s just been incorrectly whistled for the 1,390 career penalty minutes he’s served.
That’s why he justifiably yells at referees every time he skates to the penalty box for those incorrect calls. For example, when he cross-checked Marco Scandella in the neck after a whistle, it was because Scandella’s neck got in the way. On Saturday, when he ripped Jared Spurgeon’s stick out of his hands and was called for holding the stick, it was only because Spurgeon asked him to. Quit calling penalties on Bertuzzi, refs. He has never done anything wrong.
Finally, here we are in Movember, the month when men grow out their upper lip hair to raise awareness for cancers affecting men, and to make the ladies stare. I’d venture to say no NHL team has taken Movember as seriously as the Wild have over the past two seasons, and that’s largely due to the efforts of Nick Schultz.
Schultz is now the three-time captain of the Minnesota Mo Bros, and that pretty much makes him the authority on all things ‘stache-related in the Wild locker room. Sure, Cal Clutterbuck’s ‘stache has its own Twitter account (you can follow it via @Clutterstache), but Schultz is the founding Mo Bro.
Of course, it’s only due to the efforts of past great Mo’s that make growing them out so special. It’s these guys that set the bar for all of us to try and emulate: