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Video: Did Mikko Koivu get away with a head shot on Niklas Kronwall?

Nov 2, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

Minnesota helped extend Detroit’s early-season misery with a 2-1 overtime win thanks to an overtime power play goal by Devin Setoguchi. Of course the Wild got a little bit of help when Mikko Koivu blasted out Niklas Kronwall for the puck helping set up Setoguchi all alone in front of the net.

Did Koivu get away with a shot to the head of Kronwall to make it all happen though? That’s the debate that’s raging out of Red Wings Country this morning. Check out the video and let us know what you think happened here. Is it a head shot? Interference? Old time hockey?

  1. BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Nov 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    Kronwell followed him into the corner and initiated contact with Koivu’s back…don’t think Kronwell expected Koivu to hit him back, and the shock is what added to him getting knocked on his rear…clean, hard hit…kind of hard to be at fault when you’re towards the boards and the defender is coming up behind you, right?

    What about Howard holding Setoguchi’s stick for the 4-5 seconds before the goal is scored? Is Detroit complaining about that hold?

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 2, 2011 at 9:52 AM

      That stick hold was pretty egregious.

    • ThatGuy - Nov 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      They are actually calling it interference on Setoguchi if you look at the post…They forgot to take off their Wing Wheeled Pajama’s and homer glasses I think.

      • comeonnowguys - Nov 3, 2011 at 9:08 AM

        Wow. Hockeytown my left cheek.

  2. oxyvikadin - Nov 2, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    If there was anything to call on that play it could have maybe been interference – although even that would be close. If anyone thinks there is something wrong with the hit itself they may just want to all start buying season tickets for the local pee-wee hockey team.

    As a briefly famous poker player likes to say “the kiddie game is down the street.”

  3. cmutimmah - Nov 2, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    There are bad calls all year long. I’m a wings fan and this isn’t what lost the game, defensive breakdowns in the third period did. The Wild’s offense is pathetic, and the Wings played even worse than they did offensively.

    **Cue “Wings are too old” comments by those who don’t pay attention…**

    The Wings don’t look slow, they look out of sync. (which is better than slow, but still bad in the short term)

  4. pistolpete31 - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    No he just got owned

  5. sknut - Nov 2, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    I think it was clean, I agree as other people have said that the surprise nature of the hit made it look worse but it was clean. That was just a good hockey play.

  6. jpelle82 - Nov 2, 2011 at 1:37 PM


  7. noulp - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    The last time Koivu tried to decapitate a big-hitting, soft-spoken Swede he ended up with a broken ankle; surprised he’s back at it.

  8. blkeskimo1785 - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    I thought the call on Franzen was a bad one to begin with. He got shoved into the goalie and couldn’t get out of his way. I didn’t see the whole game, but based on the fact that Minnesota had 8 Power Plays vs Detroit’s 2 or 3, sounds like it was a poorly called game all-around.

    • irishhockey - Nov 3, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      I think you are mistaken me boy. If you watch that play again, I think you will find yourself saying. “What is Frazen doing” The wild defencemen is just standing there, and Franzen decides to roll over the back of Harding with barely any contact. It was quite embarrassing. A classy move indeed.

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