Glen Andresen's Five Takeaways vs. Calgary
From start to finish, the Minnesota Wild’s 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames ran the gamut of emotions. Unfortunately, frustration was the prevailing feeling after the Flames played inspired hockey and sent a message that the Northwest Division won’t be easy to walk away with.
At first, this game was touching. That morphed into a party atmosphere with a Cal Clutterbuck goal less than two minutes in. Then it became bizarre with the two teams combining for five goals in the span of 4:09 in the first period. The second period brought excitement as the Wild came close to tying this one up, especially on a Kyle Brodziak shot off the post.
But the third is when the frustration set in. The players were frustrated by Jarome Iginla doing what he does, and Miikka Kiprusoff doing what he does.
“It was between the ears,” Yeo said of why his team lost this one. “We went into this game thinking about the result. Thinking about the outcome…We played like we were afraid to lose, we were afraid to make a play.”
Wild fans waited a long time for the game that would honor Derek Boogaard, arguably the most popular player to pull on the iron range red jersey. Prior to faceoff, the Wild brought Boogaard’s family onto the ice for a touching video tribute.
It’s tough to keep coming up with words to describe what Boogaard meant to his teammates and his fans. As they will all say, he was a gentle giant off the ice, and always had your back on the ice.
Other than that, there’s not a lot to be said. But you can see by watching the video tribute and the ceremony that his family was moved by the special day to honor their son, brother and grandson.
It was after that goal that things got ugly. Iginla had been getting in a war of words all game long with Wild players, and he didn’t pass up the opportunity to get the last word in as he skated back to his bench. Seconds later, he and a host of Flames teammates were standing at the red line and pointing into the Wild bench.
Replays showed that Iginla did get sprayed by some water from an as-of-now unknown Wild player.
Seeing Nik Backstrom get pulled after 8:45 was the last thing you expected to see before this one started. Coming in, he was 5-0-1 with a 0.88 goals against average and a .975 save percentage in his last seven starts.
But this was not his night. After eight shots, the Flames had three goals. Josh Harding, who started the previous three games, came on and made some spectacular saves. But typically when a team gets shot on 35 times to 21, the dam will eventually break, and it did in the third period tonight.
There really is no silver lining to giving up 10 goals in the last two games, but if anything it all but assures that Apple Valley’s Mike Lundin will make his Wild debut tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lundin had a good chance of playing against his former team anyway, but now a decision will have to be made regarding the lineup.
If Nate Prosser is kept in the lineup, the Wild would have three Minnesota natives playing in the game.