Fourth-Liners have field day against disinterested Wild
By Wild Road Tripper
If the Minnesota Wild would have shown any semblance of what head coach Todd Richards says is a 'compete level' on Wednesday night, that would have been absolutely the right thing.
As the score indicated, however, they didn't, as the Chicago Blackhawks showed the third-worst team in the Western Conference what it takes to actually be in the running to win the Western Conference, as the Hawks dismantled the Wild 4-0 in front of 18,933 at Xcel Energy Center.
The Hawks' fourth line comprised three of the four goals, as Tomas Kopecky scored twice, with Ben Eager adding a goal and two assists of his own, as the Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak (two of those, to the otherwise hapless Columbus Blue Jackets) as the Wild continue their win one, lose one theme of the final weeks of the 2009-2010 season. The Wild are now 3-3-0 in their last six games, and are 3-7-1 against the Central Division since New Years' Day.
The Wild keep up with the 'face the best in the West' week as they close the homestand against the San Jose Sharks in the Next Game: Tomorrow night (Friday, April 2), 7:00 PM Central (5:00 PM Pacific) Time, Xcel Energy Center. (Wild TV: KSTC-45 (in HD); Sharks' TV: CSN-California; XM Radio, Ch. 207)