1/09 = Wild v. Chicago Blackhawks
What a fun game that was -
80 seconds into the game: Chicago 1, Wild 0
End of 1st period: Chicago 3, Wild 1
End of 2nd period: Chicago 5, Wild 1
End of 3rd period: Chicago 5, Wild 5
After EIGHT rounds of shoot out: Wild 6, Chicago 5
The Wild were terrible in the first two periods. Hossa had an unassisted short-handed breakaway goal to put Chicago up 5-1 in the 2nd and people started booing the Wild mercilessly. It was ugly plain and simple. Chicago was better in almost everyway - face-offs, passing, puck-control, etc.
But the team that came out for the 3rd period was a completely different Wild team. We joked how great it would be to see them make it a close game and then all hell broke loose - tons of scoring chances and a couple choke jobs by Toews/Kane/Huet lead to the biggest come-back in Wild history (first time they overcame a 4-goal 3rd period deficeit to win).
The first two periods were like a clinic where an excellent team shows a crappy one how to play, but that third period turned the whole night around and then made for one hell of an ending going through 8 rounds of shootout to beat the best in the West.
Up tonight - JJ's Pens.