Friday, April 2, 2010

Final Bite: Sharks officially eliminate Wild with 3-2 win

San Jose officially starts Minnesota Wild golf season

By Wild Road Tripper

Who is Logan Couture? And, what will he mean in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

The call-up from AHL Worcester scored the game winner with 3:51 remaining in the game as the San Jose Sharks once again defeated their favorite 'chum' -- the Minnesota Wild -- 3-2 before 18,584 on the first half of 'Fan Celebration Nights' at Xcel Energy Center.

Manny Malhotra (he lives!) and Scott Nichol also scored for the Sharks, who now have won 5 of their last 6 since thumping the Wild 4-1 on March 23. The 'compete level' as is the catchphrase of Wild head coach Todd Richards, was up, way up, over the dismal effort of Wednesday night's game vs. Chicago. Unfortunately, the result was the same.

And, with the loss, the Wild were officially eliminated from playoff contention as their 'tragic number' came up tonight, at home, in their second-to-last home game of the season. As the final week progresses, it will be interesting to note how the teams in the East are doing; going into tonight, the Wild will draft tenth in the June NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles.

So, let the speculation officially begin. The Wild are done like dinner, just in time for Easter. And, speaking of which:

Next Game: at Vancouver, Easter Sunday, April 7th, 9:00 PM Central (7:00 PM Pacific) Time, General Motors (nee-Canada Hockey) Place. (Wild TV: KSTC-45; Canucks TV: Canucks' PPV (including select theatres on BC Lower Mainland); XM Radio, Ch. 208)

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