Exactly seven nights ago, Guillaume Latendresse said this after scoring the tying goal with 1:33 left to erase a four-goal third-period deficit: "I don’t think that [comeback’s] going to happen every year."
EVERY YEAR! The Wild's trying to do it every week! And as Latendresse mentioned last week, it's not too easy. For the second consecutive Saturday, the Wild fell behind 5-1 in the third period. Latendresse's final two goals of his first career hat trick and an Owen Nolan tally cut it to 5-4 with 5:17 left.
It looked like miracles do happen once a week. Nope. Justice prevailed. The Wild's much-deserved loss was ironized when Radim Vrbata's flip shot deflected off Nick Schultz's glove and in with a minute left.
Fourth straight road loss. Sixth in eight games. League-leading 16th regulation road loss.
The Wild was two points back of eighth Wednesday night after four straight home wins. That momentum's gone. The Wild's lost the first two games of this three-game trip and could be six back of a playoff spot if Vancouver holds on to win tonight. If Vancouver loses in regulation, the Wild's five out.
Oh, and the Wild's on its way to Dallas, where it hasn't won since 2003! Or, in other words, I have not seen a Wild win in Dallas since I've been the beat writer.
For the second straight game, the Wild came out flat in the first period. Phoenix just dominated with speed. The Wild couldn't keep up. Speed-wise and thinking-wise, the Wild was like three steps behind.
The odd-man rushes were plentiful, and that would go to the bitter end. The eventual winner -- who could have imagined at the time because the goal made it 5-1? -- was on a 3-on-1 shorthanded chance -- the Wild's league-leading NINTH shorthanded goal against.
The score might look good at the end, but the Wild was awful the first 35 minutes. Plain and simple.
Andrew Brunette was a "franchise-record" minus-5, although one was completely bogus. Derek Boogaard went to the bench for a line change, Brunette jumped on the ice and like four seconds later, Shane Doan scored to make it 2-0. Brunette wasn't even to the blue line yet.
OK, that's it for moi. Sunday should be interestante. Vikings kick off at noon. Wild practice at 1. It'll be a little distracting.
I really do have to go. Because I'm certifiably insane, I actually have a red-eye in a few hours to Dallas -- VIA ATLANTA!
Yes, "Up in the Air" was about me. I decided to fly three hours past Dallas and three hours back to Dallas so I can stick on the same airline. I worked my you know what off to get to platinum.
I land a few hours before practice, so expect a drowsy Monday story. Here's a good story about frequent flier crazies like me.