The Wild got captain Mikko Koivu back Thursday night against the Calgary Flames, but considering the way this season has gone for Minnesota, it should come as no surprise that the Wild would then lose its top two defensemen during a come-from-behind 3-2 shootout victory. Jared Spurgeon and Marco Scandella were each hurt, yet the Wild somehow fought back from a two-goal deficit to steal a critical point from the desperate Calgary Flames. After Dany Heatley and Darroll Powe rallied the Wild into overtime, Devin Setoguchi scored the lone shootout goal in Round 4 after Flames coach Brent Sutter chose a bizarre list of shooters in Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Blair Jones and Blame Comeau to challenge Josh Harding. The Flames are fighting for their playoff lives, yet Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen, Alex Tanguay and Curtis Glencross weren't tapped, and Calgary fell to 3-9 in shootouts. "Brent wanted to change things up," said assistant coach Craig Hartsburg, subbing for the red-faced Sutter, who was fuming after the game, kicked a garbage can and screamed as he spoke with General Manager Jay Feaster. The Wild? Its demeanor was the polar opposite thanks to overcoming six penalties in the first 20:55 to help the Flames gain a 2-0 lead. Despite Spurgeon suffering a "possible concussion" in the first period after a blatant elbow to the head by Tanguay and despite Scandella needing X-rays to determine the severity of an injury after blocking a Stajan shot late in the third, the Wild gutted out an impressive victory.
A comeback for Koivu, Wild
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 23