On Tuesday, my daughter and I attended our first Wild game of the season. Despite trading arch-villian Todd Bertuzzi, Vancouver still has a strong team with a lot of great players. Roberto Luongo in goal was a wonderful addition and ex-Wild players Willie Mitchell and Marc Chouinard were familiar faces. Plus they still have the Sedin brothers, Markus Naslund, Mattias Ohlund and Matt Cooke.
The refs seemed to swallow their whistles the first two periods when it came to Canucks. When Pyatt got their first goal in the second period, I was really worried that the Wild would have trouble getting anything past Luongo. The Wild finally got a chance at a power play in the third and made the most of it. Manny had some great saves in the OT to get them to the shootout, which was a blast to watch.
This was also our first game in the new seats (section 123, right behind the goal). The view is unique and will be fun to have for a season. I still would like upper level on the sides eventually, but it’s fun to watch what the goalies see and watch the plays develop from a different angle.
I watched tonight’s game versus Washington on TV and can’t believe it went to another shootout. I knew the off season acquisitions would be good, but who would have predicted a 4-0 start? Our next game is 11/29 versus San Jose…DKOriginally published by DK on October 13, 2006 at 12:13 am