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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Puck Up: Koivu vs Koivu

Minnesota Wild Kurtis Foster's winning goal in overtime last night did Puck Up. It was an airbound puck sailing over the shoulder of Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet, for a 4-3 Wild victory. It was, to use a Kerryism, a flip-flop of a game, almost trading goal for goal: 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 and finally 4-3. Also noteworthy was the first time face off of Finland native brothers Saku and Mikko Koivu. Saku skating for the Montreal Canadiens and his younger brother Mikko for the MN Wild.

The Wild are last in the Northwest Division with a record of 13 wins, 15 losses, 1 over time loss, and 3 shoot-out losses. Montreal, third in the Northeast Division, are 16-9-5-1. While the Wild are struggling this year, the season is still relatively young. Things may gel and take a different turn after January 1, who knows. And if they don't, they don't, and they retool and refine for the next season. Minnesota NHL fans, and other NHL fans, love the Wild. Hell, they love the sport.

This is still a great NHL season. If "your team" isn't quite where you would like (and I'm sure they feel the same), be patient. There's a lot of other NHL teams to take a back-burner interest in!

Lemieux Update:
Pittsburgh Penguins Mario Lemieux missed yesterdays game against the Buffalo Sabres due to a recurring irregular heartbeat. I'm sure all NHL fans wish him the best.

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