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09-15-2007, 10:52 PM
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Wild Preaseason Game #1

The Minnesota Wild open up the preaseason vs. the Detroit Red Wings.
Will the wild win at home to open up the preaseason.

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09-19-2007, 07:00 AM
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I guess that would be a big resounding NO!

Gaborik a -3.... not the start I was hoping to see from this club. Then again Detroit is a hell of a team.

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09-19-2007, 08:36 AM
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Horrible game. Minny was really hurt by many dumb penalties and horrible defense. Any takers for Foster and Nummelin?

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09-19-2007, 09:39 AM
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Despite the score I actually thought the game was played quite evenly on the ice, Detroit only had 5 or 6 players that are from the major roster while the rest were all rookies mostly with a few AHL and tryout players.

The goals were mostly scored by the Holmstrom-Datsyuk-Franzen line, these guys were easily men among boys but then again I don't think Minny iced their real full roster anyways.

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Then again Detroit is a hell of a team.
Most regulars weren't dressed for the Wings.


My take on our players last night:

Backstrom looked rusty and so did Burns (might add Johnsson to that group).

Belanger looked ok- nothing about his finesse game stuck out, but I did notice that he got involved physically.

Foy is ok if used properly- forechecks hard, only an average skater (at best).

Kalus looked good- the effort was definitely there, his awareness seemed advanced.

Irmen looked like he didn't belong. Radio- meh.


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Most regulars weren't dressed for the Wings.


My take on our players last night:

Backstrom looked rusty and so did Burns (might add Johnsson to that group).

Belanger looked ok- nothing about his finesse game stuck out, but I did notice that he got involved physically.

Foy is ok if used properly- forechecks hard, only an average skater (at best).

Kalus looked good- the effort was definitely there, his awareness seemed advanced.

Irmen looked like he didn't belong. Radio- meh.
I agree with you about almost all of these - I'd call Foy a better than average skater. He's got good speed, and I thought he was quite effective forechecking because he gets in on the defense pretty quickly, and he's big enough to deal out a good hit. I thought he was one of the better players for the Wild in his limited ice time.

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09-19-2007, 02:19 PM
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I was impressed with PMB and Demitra. Kalus also looked like he belonged. I was disappointed with the defense and they made a ton of mistakes.

As a side note: I love to watch a team that takes the body. There seemed to be alot of missed oporunities to take the body. Although Foy and Boogaard stood out it seemed as if I was watching a pro game in Europe.

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09-19-2007, 03:30 PM
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Wasn't able to see the game, what exactly did Boogaard do to warrent a 5 minute interferrence and a match penalty called?

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09-19-2007, 03:55 PM
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Was the game shown on TV??
Anywhere i can see highlites of the game??
Did anyone happen to record it if it was on tv??

ThanX

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09-19-2007, 04:08 PM
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RedAce- don't know.

R.H.- Boogie ran Downey who wasn't controlling the puck. Boogie ran him hard, catching him in the head/face area.

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RedAce- don't know.

R.H.- Boogie ran Downey who wasn't controlling the puck. Boogie ran him hard, catching him in the head/face area.
And before that he got 2 min.
I think he singlehandedly lost that game. I am a Winfs fan and I honestly felt sorry for the Wild fans which did not get to see anything at all. Boogaard has to learn how to play. I mean people come to watch a game, a preseason game. He should wait until the 2nd period and then try to stir things up.

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And before that he got 2 min.
I think he singlehandedly lost that game. I am a Winfs fan and I honestly felt sorry for the Wild fans which did not get to see anything at all. Boogaard has to learn how to play. I mean people come to watch a game, a preseason game. He should wait until the 2nd period and then try to stir things up.
I don't think so. Boogie shouldn't be looked as the scapegoat for last night's loss.

Our defense got picked apart by the Wings. Forwards couldn't finish their chances. Goalies gave up costly rebounds.
After Boogie was kicked out- the team deflated and was absolutely flat, save Matt Foy.

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09-19-2007, 04:52 PM
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I don't think so. Boogie shouldn't be looked as the scapegoat for last night's loss.

Our defense got picked apart by the Wings. Forwards couldn't finish their chances. Goalies gave up costly rebounds.
After Boogie was kicked out- the team deflated and was absolutely flat, save Matt Foy.
The Wings scored 2 PP goals and 3-0 after 1st period.
Had Boogaard waited maybe we would have seen a closer game and a fight.

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Honestly I love Boogaard. He is my favorite player to watch because you don't know what he will do. With that said I don't like him to take dumb penalties. But at the same time when he is out there laying hits he is bound to mess up.

As far as last night's game it was disappointing to see him take a run at Downey. At least hit the guy when he has the puck or if you have a grudge against him. I think if Boogaard comes across as a guy that runs guys without the puck he might find himself back in the AHL.

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Walz and Foy were the clear standouts. I also thought Reitz did a good job. (maybe because he switched his number to #2 and I thought he was Willie).

Kalus showed some bursts of speed. He seems to want the puck. (like a young Gaborik) He blew a couple of good chances. Of of those chances came when Demitra slide him a perfect pass that any Grandmother could have buried. I'm not sure how me missed it.

Moore was good and bad. He skated well and covered a lot of ice.
But, I thought he missed one key defensive assignment when a pass came out from behind the net to a Detroit player who then out-muscled Moore to score at close range. (looked like one of those goals that the Ducks got on the Wild last Spring)

Overall, there the Wild showed a lot of rust out there. Get'em next game.

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09-19-2007, 11:17 PM
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This is why I love Walzy. He played like a man possessed out there. Clearly he's ready to go, even if no one else is.

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This is why I love Walzy. He played like a man possessed out there. Clearly he's ready to go, even if no one else is.
No doubt - he is the uber-professional.

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