By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
After a shootout-loss to the Panthers in Florida on
Saturday, the Wild took home ice tonight to battle the Predators. The last time
these teams met was in Nashville, where the Wild couldn’t seem to keep up and
went home losing 3-2 on a penalty shot. The Predators were looking for a sweep
of their road trip, but left unhappy with a 2-0 loss tonight.
“It’s going to be a tough scratch-and-claw kind of game,”
Head Coach Mike Yeo said of tonight’s game. Yeo was right about the scratching
and clawing in more ways than one, as Konopka and Clune picked up five-minute
majors for fighting within the first two minutes of play.
Minnesota moved the puck well in front of the Nashville net,
but really struggled to actually get the puck into the net. The entire first
period Nashville was outshot 13-3, meaning they had the same amount of
penalties as they had shots on goal.
The second period opened, scoreless, and at the same tempo
as the first ended, both teams battling hard. Minnesota outshot the Preds 11-6
this period, yet neither team could seem to capitalize on those shots for the
better part of 20 minutes.
Finally, with just 1:07 left to play in the second, Justin
Fontaine fired a wrist shot that sent Pekka Rinne rolling backwards into the
net with the puck. This first goal of the game came from Stoner and Parise.
The final period of regulation began with the Wild up 1-0.
Minnesota proved to have significantly stepped up their penalty-kill-game this
period alone. Pominville secured his team’s win tonight with an empty netter
with just 24 seconds left to play.
The Wild will be at home against the Hurricaines on Thursday
at 7 p.m. Catch all the action on Iheartradio.com and KFAN 100.3 FM
-In a classy move by the Wild and their fans, former Wild
player Matt Cullen was given a standing ovation as he looked on from the
-Konopka and Clune picked up 5-for-fighting tonight at 2:07
into the game, while the pair picked up the same penalty at just 2:59 into
their last meeting in Nashville.
-The Wild lost Jonas Brodin just 1:01 into the game when he
got hit in the face with a puck. (Not “fun,” just a fact.)