What a ride! The Minnesota Wild gave a valiant effort in coming back on the road against the Montreal Canadiens but ultimately fell 5-4 in a shootout. Matt Kassian scored two goals for the Wild, the first two of the enforcer's career, while Josh Harding had 19 saves in relief of injured goalie Niklas Backstrom.
Backstrom's status is unknown but General Manager Chuck Fletcher told the CBC that it "wasn't short term." He had to be helped the ice less than three minutes into the game.
More on Minnesota's 5-4 loss to Montreal after the jump...
The game got off to somewhat of a fighting start when Ryan White and Stephane Veilleux "fought" ten seconds into the game.
It wasn't a great fight, in fact it looked more like two gingers hugging, but it set the tone for Minnesota early. That tone was penalties. Jed Ortmeyer took a double minor for high sticking, Justin Falk took a holding penalty after being made a pylon and the Habs scored two goals in 4:38.
Wild fans at this point at this point were like Tom Gilbert.
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And the Minnesota fan reaction to it were something like this:
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David Desharnais made it 4-1 Canadiens 8:50 into the third. At this point Montreal fans were like this:
And the Wild were doing their best impression of a Calgary fan.
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And Wild fans were reacting like this:
Or maybe it was like this:
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Overtime was uneventful and so was the shootout for the most part. The last shooter was Setoguchi and with the Wild needing a goal to win he ended up doing his best Matt Cullen/Mikael Granlund impression:
Setoguchi's shootout attempt was so bad that it looked like it could have been out of Benny Hill. Wait we have that video? We have that video.
And Montreal fans went home happy while Minnesota fans had a moral win in the comeback. Anyways, that's the end of this season's game recap between the Montreal Canadiens and the Minnesota Wild.
(Youtube credits to Hockeyfights.com, Hockey Video HD, Mokyboy11, RandomFrosh and First Round Bust's own Tommy for the Yakety Sax Setoguchi)