Sunday, January 2, 2011

Gameday Wild vs. Coyotes, 1/2/11 (Wild win!! José got win #250!)

José in goal, looking for his 250th career win.

I've mentioned before how I enjoy Glen Andresen's In-Game Commentary over on the Wild's website. He's a pretty funny guy, and he seems to really dig José (guy has good taste.) This what what he wrote before the game:

"I only wish my focus and intensity matched that of Jose Theodore, who will be getting the start for the Wild tonight. In case you didn't read today's game preview (for shame!) you should know that Theodore scored a goal 10 years ago today becoming the first Canadien goaltender to accomplish the feat. That means Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy all look at Theo with scalding envy in their hearts. Well old-timers, you're going to feel especially irked tonight when Theodore duplicates the feat. That's right, I've got Theo penciled in for an empty netter tonight."

Haha!! He cracks me up.

After one period the game is tied at 1-1. José faced 15 shots on goal, and the Wild only had 7. Same story, different day. Here are a couple bits from Andresen:

17:17 - Former Dartmouth Big Green Lee Stempniak makes a steal right in the slot and fires a shot on goal. Theodore makes that stop, and when Stempniak gets his own rebound and lets off a backhand from close range, Theo snares with the lobster mitt and gives a little Statue of Liberty pose just to add some drama.

13:45 - Theo is looking rather spry today as he kicks out a low shot from the left side, and then lunges over to his left to make an athletic save on Ray Whitney's one-timer off the rebound.

12:30 - Theo again isn't making things look easy, but he is making it entertaining. When Keith Yandle is sprung on a breakaway, Theodore makes an unorthodox headfirst, deck pad glove stop for what is already his eighth save of the night.


And after two periods, the Wild lead 3-1?!! I don't know how to's a strange feeling, that's for sure. I just pray they keep it up through the last period. This would be such a great victory for José.

Here was a time when he went down for a save and got his mask knocked off by one of his own teammates.

Andresen's call of it:
16:10 - Stempniak gets loose in the high slot and lets another hard wrist shot go that Theodore stops, but then results in a mad scramble as he searches for the puck while former Wisconsin Badger Kyle Turris and other Coyotes start whacking away. Lying face down on the ice with his mask getting knocked off, Theodore is still able to find the puck and finally get covered up.

15:02 - There's the red hot Shane Doan getting sprung on a partial break. He kind of loosely whacks at a rolling puck and Theod does a great job of staying with it and making yet another save. The Yotes now have 23 shots on goal, and according to my math, that puts them on pace for about 300.

José faced 10 more shots, for a total of 25 so far. He's been a busy guy.

Ok, that 3rd period was too crazy for me to write about (for now anyway.) I'm so nervous, my hands are shaking. Let's just make a long story short and say the game is tied at 5-5. That's right 5-5. And it's going to OT.

Wild win in OT. More later. There will surely be an interview or two...

By the way, Phoenix had 44 SOG. Really? Really, guys?


  1. "Theo snares with the lobster mitt and gives a little Statue of Liberty pose just to add some drama." Was he channeling St. Patrick Roy?

  2. Haha!! I must say I didn't even notice the Statue of Liberty pose. I was going to go back and rewatch that part and see what I missed. ;o)


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