Thursday, December 31, 2009

Crowned: Kings blow out Wild as NYE crowd boos

By Wild Road Tripper

There's no other way to put it, Wild fans. Your team came out tonight and let the air out of your New Year's Eve celebration. Why? They forgot that THEY had to show up for the game.

The Los Angeles Kings, led by Alexander Frolov's two goals and the goal and assist of Michael Handzus, took full advantage of the fact that the Minnesota Wild did not come out ready to play, as the Kings blew out the Wild, 5-2, in a game where the Wild started out flat...and then went straight downhill from there.

Passes were not made at all. The Kings kept the Wild bottled up for shifts at a time, especially in the first period, when they scored the only three goals of that period, while the Wild looked like they were just going thru the motions of playing a pro hockey game. Passes in skates. Passes in shins. Everywhere there were passes, except where they were supposed to be going.

It was an awful evening for the 18,504 who witnessed this less-than-ideal (to say the least) exhibition of shinny, many of whom took the opportunity to boo lustily, curse out their heroes, and then leave early, so as to begin their New Year's Eve celebration before the players left to terrorize the town.

Needless to say, the New Year will not start well for the local sextet tomorrow at practice, as another team who got handed their lunch Thursday night arrives in St. Paul, to exact revenge on his old teammates. His name?

Jacques Lemaire.

Next Game: vs. New Jersey, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, 7:00 PM Central (8:00 PM Eastern) Time, Xcel Energy Center. (Wild TV: KSTC-45; Devils' TV: MSG, both feeds in HD; XM Radio, Ch. 209)

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