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Parise: Suter ‘unreal’ in setting Wild franchise record

May 2, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT


Ryan Suter set a Minnesota Wild franchise record in Game one of the Western Conference quarterfinal against Chicago, logging 41:08 of ice time — smashing the club’s old mark by nearly five minutes.

It was a performance that drew admiration from his teammate, Zach Parise.

“It’s unreal,” Parise told the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “He comes off the ice after what seems like a two-minute shift, and he’s not even breathing heavy.

“I don’t get it. I wish I was the same way.”

Suter played 41 shifts on Tuesday and logged at least 9:50 in each period played, including 10:10 of an overtime period that only lasted 16:35.

Not that shouldering heavy minutes is anything new.

Suter was an absolute workhorse down the stretch for Minnesota, playing over 30 minutes in three of the last four games of the year.

That stretch culminated with a season-high 32:54 in a 3-1 win over Colorado in the season finale, a game the Wild won 3-1 to book their spot in the playoffs.

The 28-year-old said he felt gopd on Wednesday back home in Minnesota, less than 24 hours after his epic performance.

“Body feels fine, just getting ready for the next one,” Suter told “It feels good to come in, hang out and just go over a few things.”

  1. upyourstodd - May 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM


  2. lbeezyse - May 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Absolute stud on the blue line. Not much this guy can’t do. So far he is worth the mega deal that he got in the off-season. He will soon be adding a Norris trophy to his resume.

    Haters, how does that crow taste? I remember all the butt-hurt fans on the idiotic four letter network comment section saying,” Suter will be nothing with out Weber & we don’t want him anyways.” I think any team would take him on their back end.

    Go Wild!!

    • doubles22 - May 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      The criticism of Suter in the early part of the year was right on the money. Anyone that says he wasn’t absolutely brutal during the first 10-12 games or so wasn’t watching. Since then, and it may coincide with being paired with Brodin, Suter has been awesome. Routinely does things most d-men can’t, and makes it look sooo easy. Suter is the Wild’s Team MVP, and it ain’t even close.

      • tjc8537 - May 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        I think it’s more in learning the system than being paired with Brodin. While Brodin is excellent himself, completely switching defensive systems with no offseason work is pretty damn difficult to do. No surprise that it took him a few games to do it.

  3. esracerx46 - May 2, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    If I were a Wild fan I’d tell Parise to take notes from Suter, because Parise was no where to e found. He was on the ice but you didn’t hear from him. Since I’m not a Wild fan I must add this…. LET’S GO HAWKS!!

  4. bellicosejeff - May 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Funny how no one brings up the “butt hurt” fans these days except Wild fans. It’s all good though. I’m actually rooting for Suter and the Wild. However, he’s probably going to get booed in Nashville again. Possibly every time we play the Wild. But don’t act like we’re the first fan base to be pissed a star player left ok? Especially when said star player was quoted in the press saying he was going to re-sign here. Most people got this strange thing about them where they get pissed when they feel they were lied to. Weird I know.

    I’m not trying to be a jerk here but honestly, you all got Suter because his wife is from there. Chicago wanted him….I think they’re a better team than yours or ours wouldn’t you say? They’re closer to Suter’s home town too. Detroit, Philly, you name the team, they wanted him. Yet he choose the wild, that just happen to play in the area his wife is from. I’m not saying it’s a bad reason to choose the Wild. However let’s not act like the Wild were the team Suter just had to play for. He choose you, what’s done is done, and he’s a real pro so your getting your money’s worth for sure. But if his wife was from Nashville he’d still be here is all I’m saying.

    Go Wild……in this year’s playoffs anyway.

    • lordfletcher - May 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Not that I am disagreeing with everything that you have said…. but wild fans can say what they want I guess. Had to deal with listening to the haters all summer after July 4th, all winter and the first 15 games or so…. is what it is amigo

    • tjc8537 - May 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Well, you have every right to be all butt hurt about Suter leaving, but the level of stupidity I witnessed in Nashville when he returned was ridiculous. I mean, really? Boo the guy when he comes on the ice for the first time, fine. Every time he touches the puck? You’re not a 15 year old girl. Get over it. He is gone. Why aren’t you guys pissed that Weber signed an offer sheet with another team?

      Also, he is from Madison. Pretty close to both Chicago and St Paul. And really, what is wrong to making a decision based off of family?

    • comeonnowguys - May 2, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Every time Brian Campbell visited San Jose and touched the puck, fans booed. It got to be sad-funny.

    • timsabourin - May 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      butt hurt

  5. mgp1219 - May 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    What does it say about a team that depends so heavily on one player?

    • profsudz - May 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Probably that one of the guys on their 2nd d pair was injured within the first few minutes of the game

    • lordfletcher - May 2, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Because Suter is the Wilds #1 dman and when you bring 5 defensemen to a game, someone needs to fill the void. Stoner #6 dman played limited minutes.

      Suter can handle playing 30 mins, the extra is all from OT. Simple as that.

      Wild need to do everything they can to beat the hawks, any coach would have done the same. Best chance to win with him on the ice

  6. mclovinhockey - May 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Wow Suter is Wild!

  7. jernster21 - May 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Might as well work him like a mule to pay for that $100 million dollar contract. He’ll have plenty of time to rest after they’re bounced out of the first round.

  8. adambballn - May 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Suter is an absolute stud but I don’t see how you beat a team as deep as Chicago having him pile up the minutes like he has. This didn’t work for the Hawks the past 2 years with Keith and it’s not going to work this year for Minnesota, eventually those minutes will catch up with him; especially with the Hawks cranking out 4 fresh lines all game long. Minnesota will definitely be a force once they add some depth to their blue line and I look forward to this rivalry blossoming into more over the next few years due to realignment but this isn’t their year.

    • spiciercheez - May 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      As a fan of the Wild, barely making the playoffs as an 8 seed and having to play the President’s trophy winner, I don’t think many realistic fans are thinking ‘this is our year’. It is great to have that hope again and to get our young guys some experience (Suter was our only D man to have any playoff experience before Tuesday night). I agree with you, the depth on the blue line is thin but it is nice to have a guy like this to toss out in any situation.

      • bustmustplus - May 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Well said, top notch top notch.You can get a good look at a t-bone by sticking your head up a bulls @$$, but wouldnt wouldnt you rather take the butchers word for it?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Exactly, if I were the Hawks coaches I would make sure that every time he’s on the ice he gets hit, tell every player whenever you get the chance to hit him, no matter how light the hit might be, take it, with that ice time and a constant pounding he’ll be worn out if the series goes 6 or 7 games. And before any Wild fans get upset, I think this is true of just about any defenseman who has to be the guy like Suter is, it’s a very rare player who can play those minutes and take that abuse and keep going, HOWEVER, in the long run this would actually turn out to be a positive for Minnesota, cause it will give them (and Suter) the opportunity to see just what’s needed if they’re going to make it further and eventually win a cup.

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