Game Two: The Hangover








Game Two Recap: Dallas

Musings:

- It was a second consecutive night of feel good moments, as Josh Harding stopped all 24 Dallas shots for a 1-0 shutout win, which is his first start since he revealed he has Multiple Sclerosis. The way he carries himself and how he approaches life now knowing of what is in the cards for him is nothing short of an inspiration to all, and we here at FRB wish him a prolonged and successful career. He did sign a three-year deal to stay here, and continue to be the high character guy and great teammate to the young 'tenders coming up the pipeline.
- Now, that being said; I don't know if I'm ok with adding the MS caveat to Harding moving forward, as in "Josh Harding, who has MS." To me its more respectful just to call him Josh Harding- there is just something odd by defining someone by their affliction, instead of their vocation or accomplishments. Josh Harding made a huge save on Ray Whitney late in the game last night by the way.
- Well, it looks like the adjustment period for Mikael Granlund lasted...one game. He played much more assertive and proactive last night, and not so much like the wide-eyed tentative rookie we saw Saturday. His line, along with Matt Cullen and Devin Setoguchi, had a couple shifts where they just buzzed the net.
- Have to wonder if it wasn't for a glorious history of injuries (and some ill-timed) if we'd view Clayton Stoner as one of our defensive anchors, as opposed to the fringe guy he is?  He's playing great so far.
- Good stuff here- last night's Faceoff Comparison.
- Even better stuff- Minnesota held Dallas to just 18 shots at even strength last night. Six a period for Dallas, while Minnesota averaged over NINE.
- Finally, I like the notion of using our third line in tough minutes, even though Pierre-Marc Bouchard isn't your prototypical checker- what he doesn't have in grit he has in hockey sense and speed, meaning a forced turnover by the line can quickly turn into a scoring chance. The jury is still out on the idea, but I like the intent.

1 comment:

  1. I thought the Wild looked much better in game 2, even tho they weren't rewarded offensively.

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