The Minnesota Wild took on the Montreal Poutine Scarfers north of the wall last night where we got our true first glimpse at the team we all know and love. By a final score of 3-1, a sweet victory was tallied for the hometown team and our swagger was back as we look to carry the momentum into Ottawa.
It’s hard to believe that the same team we saw last night has been playing the last few weeks. What started out as a team that lacked goaltending, defense and confidence turned into the complete opposite. Yeah, there were some unnecessary penalties and moments of slow play. But! We saw the old Wild team that showcased both young and old talent alike. The swagger was back and the butthole’s were loose.
Joel Eriksson Ek started the scoring for the Wild as he and Duhaime took matters into their own hands in the first. Later scoring tonight on the breakaway was Brandan Duhaime who was lights out all night. It seemed that no matter when he was on the ice he was making a difference.
Now, while I could spend countless hours writing and boring you with stats (which I want to do but I won’t), I thought I’d put in my 3 stars of the game to make this recap short and sweet.
3rd Star – Ekker (2G, 2PTS, 5SOG)
2nd Star – Duhaime (1G, 1A, 3SOG)
1st Star – Marc-Andre Fleury (26saves, .963%)
We needed this win. We needed the team to play tough and snap out of this fog. They did just that. All players came out strong and snagged the win and I’m confident that this is the team we’ll see moving forward. Just needed one to get the ball rolling.
Hermantown boy living in the desert.