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Kyle Brodziak shakes off skate to the face

Apr 3, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

After a surprising start, the Minnesota Wild have had some bad times in their considerable fall back to Earth. Kyle Brodziak‘s 22-goal season has been one of the best bright spots, but he convincingly showed that he’s more than just a nice goal scorer on Tuesday.

Brodziak took a skate to the face from his own teammate Darroll Powe – Michael Russo passes along video that indicates it landed somewhere around his left cheek or nose – yet he returned in the same first period with a visor, according to the Minnesota Wild.

Sure, true hardcores might penalize Brodziak for what Russo calls a “[Dany] Heatley visor,” but it’s still a testament to true hockey toughness that he barely missed a beat in a game that’s meaningless for the Wild. (In fact, the heating-up Minnesota team is only hurting its chances of getting a better draft pick with each win.)

  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Brodz is a warrior and the heart of the Wild

    Who wants Koivu? Someone please send a good trade offer to Fletcher this summer!

  2. guardgirl128 - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Trade Mikko really??? You have got to be joking. What is wrong with every wild fan wanting to trade Mikko? Dumb and never going to happen. He is the best player on the team hands down and the team is better with him. Heart/ soul of this team too! If he ended up going to another team 2 years ago- you all would be crying and taking back what you said.. he is never going to be that “goal scorer” or change his game just to please you all. Its so annoying. Be grateful he is on the team!

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