Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Bounce There, A Tip Here and Some Grit By The Wild is Enough For Victory

The Minnesota Wild started the game on a slow note, falling behind 2-0 in the first five minutes against the San Jose Sharks. It looked the the high scoring Sharks would obliterate the Wild and send another blow to the team's playoff hopes.

That didn't happen. Before the first period was over, Minnesota had drawn to within a goal and then scored early into the second frame. The Wild then took over control of the game, taking it to the Sharks.

The Wild learned a valuable lesson and one that coach Mike Yeo has been preaching all year. Just shoot the puck. The Wild did just that tonight and got some bounces, deflections and some luck. Yes, the first goal by Cal Clutterbuck from a tough angle took a lucky bounce but that only happens when you take shots.

The Wild scored another goal on a great deflection in front of the San Jose net and yet another one that wasn't actually deflected but fooled San Jose netminder, Greiss. Maybe the Wild will learn from this game and start shooting the puck more often. 

The Sharks did manage to take the lead with about nine minutes to play. The wild showed some grit and determination by scoring two late goals to win. The first coming with five minutes and thirty seconds left in the game and another about one minute later to seal the deal.

Sportmentary was impressed by the Wild's determination to win this game, even after falling behind twice in this game. Pulling out the victory late in the third period showed a lot me a lot tonight. Their effort was impressive.

While the bounces went the Wild's way, the team fought for their chances and played a good game. They deserved to win this one and hopefully they will continue to play this type of game going forward. They will need to continue to shoot the puck again and again. That's the only way to manufacture scoring chances.

A four goal game is like striking gold for the Wild. The team has had trouble scoring more than a goal two during games this season. It's encouraging to see the Wild outscore a team that has fire power. Now the Wild are on a mini roll and need to keep it going!

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