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Wild edge Canucks in shootout for fourth consecutive win

Mar 1, 2014, 1:09 AM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild won their fourth game in a row on Friday, edging the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 via a lengthy shootout.

The most interesting part – beyond one seemingly fringe team hurting another bubble squad’s playoff chances – is that the Wild are riding the work of another goalie who is enjoying unexpectedly effective work. With Josh Harding‘s health in question, it’s been Darcy Kuemper who is stepping up for the Wild.

Kuemper, 23, won his (and the Wild’s) fourth game in a row extending back past the Olympic break. His teammates provided the effusive praise.

In this four-game winning streak (two before the break, two after), the Saskatoon native has only allowed four goals.

The Wild now sit sixth in the West with 73 points in 61 games played (21 left). The Vancouver Canucks find themselves in ninth with 66 points in 62 games played (20 remaining).

  1. mp1131211 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    And the three stars go to: The guy who boarded someone and two from the losing team!

    Whatever…

  2. mp1131211 - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Wow… just saw that he is 6’5″

  3. blomfeld - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    YES SIR, WE KINGS ARE GOING TO ‘REPEAT’ THIS YEAR …

    AND DON’T NEVER ‘EVER’ LET ANYONE TELL YOU DIFFERENT !

    Friends, we’re now on the home stretch and therefore it behooves all of us to ‘fall in’ and be serious here. So as an ardent, loyal and ‘values-driven’ fan of our SC Champion LA Kings, I now implore ‘all’ of my fellow Kings brothers to stop the silly bickering here and close rank, on this our final ‘glorious’ push to the ‘high’ ground !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • credible316 - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      You mean repeat as in getting bounced in the second round? You guys won the cup 2 years ago silly Kings “fan”.

      • slickvb82 - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:23 AM

        haha!!

      • blomfeld - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Sorry ‘Credible’ or lack thereof …

        We Kings ‘bounced’ you Sharks in the 2nd round last year’s playoffs and then we went on to the WC final against the Hawks. Now even though we eventually lost that series, we’re still ‘officially’ the reigning Stanley Cup champions based on a regulation 82 x game season. Chicago’s win last year came with an ‘asterisk’ and everyone knows that, even though it wasn’t their fault.

        “anyone trying to claim victory in a golf tournament while having not completed all 18 x holes of play, must be automatically DQ’d from the event and subsequently asked to leave the golf course property” … USGA Rule # 16.7-A

      • nj666 - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        exactly, you don’t see Blackhawk fans acting like clowns who just learned how to use youtube… theres an old saying “act like you’ve been there before”

      • credible316 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        Who said anything about the Sharks? How sad is it when your only thumbs up on a comment is your own.

        Here’s how the entire league feels about last years cup winners as soon as the new season starts including the champs.

        GO WILD!!

      • blomfeld - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        “act like you’ve been there before” …

        Newsflash Einstein !

        It’s like, we were ‘there’ two years ago ! … and it’s like, we won it all too ! :)

        now ‘scram’ you suck hole !

    • larsonm0572 - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      this guy is such a clown…

    • larsonm0572 - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      has blomfeld every said anything even remotely constructive? Wait, let me answer that…no

  4. muckleflugga - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:29 AM

    wow …

    those tweets are massively huge and insightfully profound

    i truly am inspired

  5. twinwildflyer - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I wonder what part of this article was about the kings?

    • blomfeld - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      ‘every’ article is about the Kings friend …

      • strictlythedanks - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        well The kings were passed in the standing by the wild in points so theres that

      • blomfeld - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        “The kings were passed in the standing by the wild in points so theres that” ? …

        listen pal, last time I checked the standings (ie: like 5 x seconds ago) we Kings were ‘apparently’ ahead of you 197 million dollar ‘wannabe’s’ in the WC … so what’s your point genius ?

  6. tracerbob - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Should have never went to the shoot out. Brad Meier should be suspended for the call he made. Hopefully the Wild go after Martin Brodeur, I love Harding and once he gets his meds straight I think he will comeback with Kuemper and share the net. Brodeur would make a great mentor for a cup run.

    • guitarhunterdude - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Trading anything for Brodeur would be idiotic. He can’t contribute anything at the NHL level anymore (he’s been as bad or worse than Backstrom this year), and giving assets to bring him in solely for “leadership” or whatever would be a complete waste. They’re likely not going to compete for the cup this year anyway; they should have their sights set on the second round maybe, but there’s too much inconsistent youth on this team being relied on for a cup. Another year of experience, another offseason of work for Brodin, Granlund, Niederreiter, Coyle, and Haula and I think they’ll have a group of consistent contributors. They do have some other needs they’ll need to go for in FA, too. For next year they need a backup goalie (hopefully Gustafsson can step into that role along with someone else), a better third-pairing guy to replace Ballard, another scoring threat to replace Heatley in the top six (probably Vanek, possibly Moulson or Michalek), and for their main guys (particularly Koivu) to stay healthy. Do that, and they’ll be contenders. But for the love of God DO NOT give up assets to bring in Brodeur because “OMG 3 CUPS.” Let him retire and try to bring him in as an assistant coach if you’re that desperate to get him.

    • credible316 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      I wouldn’t mind seeing the Wild go after Halak. I heard Buffalo is trying to turn him again before the deadline.

      • guitarhunterdude - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        I wouldn’t mind that, but I think we’d have to give up a first, which I wouldn’t like. We need to restock the prospect pool pretty badly, because we’ll need youngsters who can step in and replace Koivu, Parise and Pominville in five years or so. I don’t know that we’ll get that with a mid-late first rounder this year, but you never know who will fall to you (e.g; Teravainen to the Hawks). I’ve heard rumors that they’ve talked about both Brodeur and Cam Ward, both of which I would hate. But neither would surprise me, honestly. Not that I don’t think Fletcher is a fairly smart guy, I just think those two have such a ridiculous reputation (Brodeur especially, and his is far more deserved) that he may bring one of them in against his better judgement.

    • mp1131211 - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Brodeur?? No way. Odd you say that right after an stellar performance from their rookie goalie… rookie as in not about to retire

      • credible316 - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        After the rookie, we have NOBODY.

      • mp1131211 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Check out this article about what might be Fletcher’s trade strategies. The team is getting younger. They won’t bring Brodeur, guaranteed.

        http://thehockeywriters.com/minnesota-wild-2014-nhl-trade-deadline-theme-addition-subtraction/

    • purpleguy - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      I fear Hards may be done for good — that disease is progressive and he’s losing time to maintain sufficient physical condition to play in the NHL .

  7. yetidad - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Does it bother anybody else here in the State of Hockey that O’Brien calls our squad “one seemingly fringe team”? If the Wild were in the East, they’d be third or fourth overall. Of course they won’t win the Cup this year, or maybe never considering the curse placed on our sports teams, but they certainly aren’t a fringe team. They have nearly owned the Blackhawks this year in regular season play, they did well before the Sochi break against the California mafia, and they have a bevy of young talent. That is, young talent that aren’t a bunch of prima donnas who play for themselves rather than the team (e.g. Edmonton). “Fringe” is more accurately attached to Florida, Edmonton, Buffalo, the Isles, Calgary and the Preds. Nuff said.

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