Missed Opportunity

I just can’t deal with Phoenix being a playoff-caliber team. They’ve been doormats for so long. You could count on points when you played them. Now that they’re winning I feel like my whole world is out of whack.

Wild lose tonight v. Coyotes 3-2. Wasn’t the most exciting game ever. I found myself surfing for Target Field info and trying to decide if I can handle installing laminate flooring myself more than watching the game. Even though Guillaume Latendresse scored (his 19th) and put the Wild up 1-0 early, after that they didn’t have much in the tank. They were pretty much flat. And given that they hadn’t played since Saturday I expected more.

Martin Havlat did surprise everyone (I was almost sleeping) with a nice move to get some space and wrist one past Illa Bryzgalov and cut it to 3-2 with just over 2 minutes to play. That was all to be had though. There was one possibility as Backstrom came off the ice for the extra attacker. the Wild had some numbers coming in, but Owen Nolan took a slapper from outside the circle and it was an easy glove save. After that chance Bryzgalov didn’t need to make another save.

Niklas Backstrom was back in net tonight. He was…average. The 3rd goal was a little flukey, a bad angle shot that rolled up his arm. Overall he was part of the overall Wild flatness.

By the way, Phoenix swept the 4-game season series v. Minnesota. That’s just wrong.  The Wild are now 5 points behind Calgary for 8th. With only 23 games to go it is likely the Wild will finish up in time to give the Twins the spotlight in April.

2 more games before the Olympic break. You CAN NOT lose to Atlanta.

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