Anybody want to give a summation for someone that just got back and doesn't want to read through a GDT?
Who played well?
Good game? Worth watching on DVR?
Ten penalties on Minnesota, Edmonton couldn't finish and the Wild were able to starve off a late comeback. Burns ended that with an 180 foot ENG off the half wall.
-Brodziak, Lats, Cullen, Backstrom and the entire PK played well.
-Kobasew, Nystrom were two that stuck out in my mind.
-Not really a good game to go back and watch, although the first period is decent. All those penalties killed the flow.
This game was painfully hard to watch. Penalties were annoying. Barker makes me nervous on defense. He likes taking interference penalties instead of moving his feet. I hope that won't continue. BURNZIE IS THE MAN!
I'll be honest I was drinking and screwing around with my hockey sticks the whole game, so I didn't watch closely.
From what I saw, they were refusing to move their feet and as a result took bad interference penalties all game. Because of that, they had no benefit of the doubt from the refs.
Hall looks REALLY close to breaking through. He needs confidence, he's adjusting, and when he does look out. Great shot.
I think I figured it out with Havlat. Dude freezes when he has the puck and that gives the goalie time to square up. Several times I saw him get the puck in the slot with a shooting lane only to wait half a second and THEN shoot. Usually that's a confidence thing, so I'd expect it to go away when he gets that first goal.
Otherwise not a lot going on. Koivu and Bruno working hard, Lats and Havlat working hard, and the 3rd/4th liners were forechecking hard. Miettinen looked terrible. I'm not sure if he's this bad every game but every time he touched the puck he took a shot on net from a completely horrible angle. You're not going to score taking a wrister from the boards at the top of the circle. Just hold on to the puck or drag it in deeper to the zone to let your teammates set up. Bad angle shots just mean turnovers. And his passing was atrocious, right into the skates every time. Ugh.
On defense, I liked Zidlicky more than the rest. Barker, Falk, and Zanon were okay, Zanon made more mistakes than usual. The last couple games the Burns-Schulz pairing has kind of ticked me off. They seem to get too deep in their end without forcing the shooter to the outside, almost as if they're relying on Backstrom making that first save.
And Backstrom was just fantastic. Kept the Wild in it when they didn't seem to have the effort.
I hate Peckham. Maybe that's what he's supposed to do, but the D-bag turns his back while skating towards the puck to draw a penalty. Bush league. Cheap shots at guys like the elbow up high on Clutter, who always keeps his hands down.