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Watch: Koivu’s beautiful shootout goal gives Wild ‘ugliest’ of wins

Feb 12, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

Mikko Koivu celebrated his 500th career National Hockey League game in style.

Koivu calmly faked to the backhand, then went forehand, sliding the puck past a helpless Leland Irving for the shootout winner, as the Minnesota Wild got past the Calgary Flames with a 2-1 victory.

“It wasn’t pretty by any means,” Wild forward Devin Setoguchi said to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“That might have been one of the ugliest wins that you’re going to see. But we’ve found a way to get the win, and that’s all that matters.”

Irving was making his third straight start in place of the injured Miikka Kiprusoff.

He made 23 saves in regulation and overtime combined but was beaten on the only two attempts he faced in the skills competition.

“You get in shootouts and you get a couple of good moves, you get a couple of lucky moves, you get a save, you get a good goal and you get the win. But right now, we’re not getting it,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley told NHL.com.

Flames GM Jay Feaster is expected to address to the goaltending situation in Calgary some time today.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    I don’t get how that was the “ugliest of wins.” IMO, the Wild played really hard and it was close for most of the game. Lots of hits, decent number of shots, fairly evenly matched. What did I miss?

    • kopy - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Lots of icing, lots of blocked shots, 10 minute stretches of gameplay without a shot on goal, lots of passes that didn’t connect…

      I’m glad the Wild won but I definitely zoned out a few times while trying to watch the game.

    • lordfletcher - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      it wasn’t pretty more than was it ugly :D

      there were a lot of decent passes at best and failed “potential” opportunities for scoring chances (IMO) … to me what makes it an ugly win is that Calgary is possibly the worst team in the league and we / Wild struggle to score (AGAIN) and have to win in an OT shoot out. Not once yet have the Wild dominated a game from start to finish and scored at will. Would like to see the Wild win 4-1 or so next time against Calgary in a weeks time.

      either way, i’ll take the win but eventually this team needs to man the F up and grow a pair. Each game has looked like a well orchestrated struggle to me. Can’t tell if this is on the players or coaching staff or both.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Points well taken. I just thought Calgary put up a good fight. As far as the “well orchestrated struggle,” I couldn’t have put it better. That team looks like it’s completely opposed to making plays of any sort. The plan seems to be all dump-n-chase, or create-a-fracas-and-hope-for-the-best, if they don’t look altogether lost. I thought the PP was well executed, except they need to SHOOT THE PUCK. It’s just hard to know what to make of the team right now.

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