Thursday, April 19, 2007

Burns Baby Burns!

If I was leading a series 3-0 (even though it was obviously about to go 3-1) and thoroughly outclassing a good team while doing it, I'm pretty sure the last thing I'd suggest is riling that demoralized team up by sucker punching a soft, oft-concussed, well-liked Swede. No, not me - Kim Johnsson.

Even as the Wild had put the game out of reach on Tuesday, I had no confidence that they would be able to solve Anaheim's trap and interference tactics in game 5. Now that Brent Burns has gotten into his second fight of the season and dropped Corey Perry and Boogaard spent the final minute of the game 4 stalking the ice, I'm not so sure.

Tonight's Wild game in Anaheim is going to be a real barn-burner. Even with a 10:30 pm ET start time, you should try to catch the opening period as it should have plenty of hitting. The Wild need to keep emotions in check a little as Anaheim are the more physical skating team and have been destroying the Wild on face-offs but I'll be surprised if the Wild don't come out hot and jump on Anaheim a little tonight.

They say familiarity breeds contempt and right now the Wild want to get real familiar with the Ducks. Game on.

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