Why We Love This Game
Last night the Minnesota Wild dispatched the hated Canucks with extreme prejudice, slapping their rivals around in a 6-2 pounding. The game featured some of the brutish nastiness that true hockey fans adore:
The dirty work came to a head at 6:40 of the third when Cooke speared Johnson in the midsection. That intensified the jawboning between benches, with Lemaire and assistant Mario Tremblay trading unprintables with Vancouver coach Marc Crawford.
Coaches trading unprintables? It really doesn't get much better as further evidenced by Sergei Zholtok's post-game comments:
'It was a fun game to watch, huh?' said Sergei Zholtok, who had an assist and has nine points in eight games. 'It had everything. Goals. Fighting. Cross-checks. Spears. Penalties.'
Memo to Gary Bettman: "everything" includes fighting. It always has and it always should.