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Parise: it wasn’t just us that made Game 3 boring

May 9, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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You’ll forgive members of the Minnesota Wild for bristling whenever they’re accused of playing a boring style of hockey. Besides maybe New Jersey, no team in the NHL is more associated with the trap than the Wild, and nobody gets too excited to watch a team sit back, clog up the neutral zone and suffocate its opposition.

So when Minnesota and Chicago played a bit of a snoozer Tuesday — the teams combined for just 37 shots in the Wild’s 4-0 win — Minny forward Zach Parise was quick to point out the Blackhawks’ role in that, too.

“Show me a team in the NHL that doesn’t play a trap and I’ll call you a liar because every single team does it,” said Parise, per the StarTribune. “Whoever does it the best, then they get called a defensive team. I don’t agree with that. Every single team plays a trap.”

He added, sarcastically: “Of course we’re going to be blamed for [Tuesday’s game]. I mean, it’s the high-flying Hawks.”

Of course, what Parise failed to mention is that Wild games often experience a dearth of shots. During the regular season, it was an average of 54.3 (26.6 for them, 27.7 for their opponents.) Only New Jersey games (52.3) averaged fewer combined shots, while Ottawa’s (67.5) had the most. Chicago’s had 60.3 (33.1 for; 27.2 against).

Anyway, we’re quite certain Wild fans will take boring wins over exciting losses, especially in the playoffs against the defending Cup champs.

  1. hockey412 - May 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    We just watched a end of regulation scoreless tie with the Habs vs. the Bruins in their 1-2-2 played specifically to make the game “boring” against a faster team…and we’re criticizing the Wild?

    • rogersjd16 - May 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Haha, are you kidding? You either didn’t watch the game or know nothing about hockey if you think the Bruins play (or played) a 1-2-2. They are arguably the hardest forechecking team in the league, sending 3 guys in on every shift. They slow down their opponent through the neutral zone by slowing them down in their own endLast night’s game had 69 shots between the two teams with only 1:19 of extra hockey. Both goalies were awesome. The Bruins hit 3 crossbars. The thumbs up on this comment are disheartening at best.

      There are loads of great 0-0 games. Even if the Minny / Hawks game wasn’t. Last night’s B’s/Habs game was awesome.

      • hockey412 - May 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Well, no. I’m pretty sure they play a 1-2-2 in most cases. It actually wasn’t a knock against the Bruins, it looked like the Habs were playing the same system on forecheck.

        To your point though, I don’t think it’s boring, that comment was only meant towards the article’s idea that the Wild were playing boring hockey (and even then I wasn’t really critical of the writer, just the idea). The only boring hockey I can remember seeing is Philly/Tampa Bay some years ago where Philly kept refusing to play into the TB 1-3-1 trap so they just stood there with the puck.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 9, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Not to mention neither the Habs/Bruins game nor the Wild/Hawks game was boring. It’s like folks STILL think the Wild are coached by Lemaire. If you’re looking for crazy free-wheeling firewagon hockey all the time, then you really don’t get the game. Every series has its own dynamics. A game that ends in 6-5 can also be more infuriating than a game that ends 1-0 after 3 OTs. Once the playoffs roll around, there is no such thing as a boring team or series. If you think otherwise, you’re simply not paying attention and you don’t know what’s going on.

  2. grungelyrics4hockeyprofitguy - May 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    I wish I was like you
    Easily amused

  3. hammerhead5573 - May 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    I don’t get this whole boring vs non boring games. As a hawks fan, yes I would agree they are high flying but if they won a game 1-0 I would be as happy as if they won 4-0. Several times throughout this year they sat on a lead and hoped the def could finish it for them and sometimes burned them. I would like to see the entire question asked of him and his entire answer before passing judgement but if his feeling got hurt over a “boring” comment then that’s just silly.

  4. barkar942 - May 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    If everyone goes back and watches what Team Canada did at the Olympics, now every team is emulating what they did- especially Pittsburgh. It makes for absolutely horrendous hockey, and the NHL had better step up and put an end to all of the clutching and grabbing and the massive amount of interference that is going on in all of the games, or we will all be back to Devils trap crap hockey.

    • nj666 - May 9, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      aw someone has blue tears… “my team cant win.. the nhl needs to put a stop to this!”

    • hockey412 - May 9, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      Pittsburgh doesn’t even play all that defensive a game…are you talking about the Dman on a forward on a dump in? Pittsburgh’s not a special example there – that’s been universal. The refs were ultra-sensitive about that at the beginning of the year, but stopped calling it as the year went on.

    • comeonnowguys - May 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Where were you two years ago, when they stopped calling the clutch and grab halfway through the year? Next thing you know, the Coyotes, Predators, Blues and Kings are in the second round.

  5. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 1:36 PM


    i agree, step away from the hype and the pre-game glitter, habs versus bruins was dead boring … the wild, like the bruins last night, are like watching paint dry … dull and getting duller

    i watch most hockey with the volume off, unless it involves gord miller or ray ferraro, himself a godsend replacing pierre mcguire … with no volume, you see the game as it’s actually being played, and as often as not, with trapping hockey it’s boring beyond belief — great antidote for insomnia, wild and bruins, no volume … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    which is a shame for newer fans who’ve never had the privilege of seeing high flying and high scoring games as they occurred in the past … now thirty goals in a season leaves them wet, panting and bleating about the best player in the world … too baaaa baaaa ad

    the drama in current montréal is artificial by every comparison to former teams, from the fans roaring at any slight, to the world-shaking import lent to every dull moment by craig simpson, glenn healey and jim hughson … drop the noise it was ordinary hockey last night, with neither goalie really tested that often

    that isn’t to say scoreless games aren’t exciting, because they can be if teams are flying and goalies stand on their heads … much as they have been in every series involving the los angeles kings

    the wild better trap hawks to death –tough to do when quenneville’s moving the pieces and tough to do game in and game out without tiring against hawks lethal speed

    fail to trap, hawks will light them up big

    • tved12 - May 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      You game plan for your opponent. Was their series against the Avs boring? I don’t think so. But when you’re playing a team like the Hawks you can’t play a run and gun style, they would kill us. So we play a more sound defensive game and control the puck as much as we can.

      As a new fan it may not be the most exciting, but we can’t expect the teams to use a losing strategy so they can entertain fans.

      • clarke16 - May 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        =truth. Well said.

      • illogic87 - May 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        wild wont need to play trap once cooke takes out kane

      • tved12 - May 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        I certainly hope that doesn’t happen.

      • clarke16 - May 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        That’d be a real shame… 😉

    • rogersjd16 - May 9, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      There’s plenty of open ice hockey in every single series and in most games. Again, like hockey412, calling out the Bruins is laughable. They were 3rd in the league in goals scored. Just because they have a great shutdown defensive pair in Chara and Seidenberg (obviously the latter being out now), arguably the best defensive forward in the game in Bergeron (and 2 other very good ones) and one of the Top 3-4 goalies in the League does not make them a trapping, boring team. They get after the puck on the forecheck more than any team in the league and because of that, often create a more a north-south game than they want to play. It is just lazy calling them that.

      If you are so offensively deprived, go watch the NFL and the pathetic offensive agenda they have (ok, Seattle got around it this year). Defense still counts in the NHL.

    • hockey412 - May 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      I really didn’t think it was a boring game, it’s just that if we’re calling the Wild the Kettle for it’s attempt to diminish offense, then I think Parise’s right…while not everyone runs a trap, the whole point of defense and defensive strategies is to keep it boring.

  6. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 1:57 PM


    well no …

    i was speaking really to the general decline of entertaining, fast and open hockey … a rarity in the current professional game, reinforced when it’s successful as was mike babcock at the recent olympics

    blame jaques lemaire and blame parity and blame small rinks and blame the evolution of equipment and collectively superior training

    there is nothing stopping any team including wild from emulating hawks, even as canucks and hawks emulated wings when they had fast puck-possession teams

    it comes down to coaching philosophy, training and practice

    i’ve always though trapping coaches were either lazy or unwilling to explore full offensive potential of their teams

    anybody can coach either of offensive or defensive systems, the great coaches marry both so one augments and actually promotes the other

    the russians and the swedes are geniuses in that regard

    • nj666 - May 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      if you want tons of pointless scoring and no defense go watch basketball

      • rogersjd16 - May 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        I said the NFL and it’s crusade against defense, but basketball definitely works too. Thanks.

    • tved12 - May 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      “there is nothing stopping any team including wild from emulating hawks, even as canucks and hawks emulated wings when they had fast puck-possession teams”

      The type of players you have stops this! Dude, how many teams have the top end talent that the Hawks do? If the Wild tried to play their uptempo style of game they would get crushed.

      This goes for many teams. If what you’re saying is true, why don’t all teams play the same style of game? Because you build a style that fits the players you have. Many coaches who aren’t successful have a system and they try to make their players fit that.

  7. youngs79 - May 9, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Jason Brough took an article that MIchael Russo wrote for The Minneapolis Star Tribune yesterday, changed a couple of Parise’s quotes around, and slapped his name on it. Also, Parise is Alternate Captain. Mikko Koivu is the Captain. If you’re going to steal a guy’s article, at least get the facts correct.

    • sjsblitz - May 9, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Koivu reading this article across from Parise, “Awkward..”

    • Jason Brough - May 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      See that “per the StarTribune” part? If I intended to “steal” the article, I wouldn’t have done that, and added a link. Is this your first time on the internet?
      I’m sorry I mistakenly called Parise the captain. I fixed the error. Can you ever forgive me?

    • valoisvipers - May 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      Brough’s good people and no thieve, reread and check the facts for your self.@youngs79

  8. dontbebitter - May 9, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Jesus I’m tired of the “boring hockey” monicker for defense. Defense wins championships. No one complained when the Steelers used stifling defense to win their Super Bowls. Seattle Seahawks anyone? It’s the playoffs; you don’t want your opponent to score. Tired of being “suffocated” in the neutral zone? Change your game plan and get some shots on goal; you’ve got a 7 game series against a team you’re telling me you can’t figure out something in that amount of time?. It’s not the team your playing’s job to let you walk into their offensive zone for a scoring chance. Every game in a playoff series isn’t going to be a heavyweight, blow for blow barn burner. Parise is right. Hate on the Devils all you want for “ruining the sport” but last I checked they went to 5 cups in the last 20 years. Everyone hates on something until their team does it and it works.

    Oh and Koivu is Minnesota’s captain, not Parise.

    • nj666 - May 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      not to mention people forget the devils lead the league in scoring for the 2000 season, but its easier for others to just call them boring…

  9. purpleguy - May 9, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    The real point from all of this, that doesn’t seem to be emphasized, is that the Hawks were playing the trap game hard the first two periods, but everyone blames the Wild. The other point is that both teams are just good disciplined checking teams that play sound defense, which is the reason both are in the second round of the playoffs. I suspect that things will open up tonight, but if it doesn’t, I’m sure the Wild will get the blame due to the lingering ghost of Lamierre.

  10. rebekah319 - May 9, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    This is bothering me so just so we are all clear he is not the Captain of this team!!!!! Its getting annoying.. This has been happening all week which I wish people would get their facts straight thank you!

    • clarke16 - May 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

      Yeah–you’re so right, Rebekah… Koivu is still the Captain. Not for long I’m guessing, however… If he isn’t traded this off-season—he may be looking at 3rd line Center–depending upon how things shake out in the off-season and who the Wild brings in. Still a good face-off man though–just losing his wheels…

      • fightingwild - May 9, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        I am so tired of this Trade Koivu Crap. He is not going anywhere, he has a no-trade clause, a good one by the way, he is always among the leaders in Face-off wins, he is the captain. If he ends up the 3rd line center I doubt it will bother him much. Haula & Granlund have bright futures but that is not here yet. Koivu has 4 years left on his contract, he may, just may get moved in his last year. Get over it people, he will be here until he doesn’t want to be.

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