The dump and chase game wasn't too effective tonight. I understand the strategy. The Wild needed to keep this one low scoring to win. They couldn't get to the dump and didn't get any sustained pressure in the offensive zone. The Wild's first shot came at the 8:30 mark of the first period, and they were heavily outshot throught the first two periods.
Another Great 3rd Period
In the third, after the Xcel Energy Center production team ran out of motivational movie clips, the Wild finally turned up the pressure and got some good chances. Dominic Moore scored his 1st goal of the year on a nice crashing play, and Gabby set up Parrish to tie the score. Pandemonium set in, but then came the fateful play to send the Wild faithful home (or to the St. Paul bars) feeling a bit empty.
Next on the Docket - Wild v. Dallas Stars @ Xcel Energy Center
Another revenge game as the Wild put up a horrible 3rd period and were beaten 8-3 in Dallas on Boxing Day. I'll be in section 216 again for this game, and I think the Wild will play much better. They're going to have to start beating good teams sooner or later. Wild 4 Stars 1