Fake recap again because the holiday season means I'm too busy to exist.
This game was oddly comforting like something on TV when you were a kid. Just your usual late December chippy game with a team from the other conference. There were two fights in the first period and Dupuis rose from the grave again to score the first goal.
Sutter scored a sniper's shot while being knocked down. It was a thing of beauty. Niskanen added to the lead with a legit PPG while Kunitz's butt was in his face.
Neal fought like a fucking idiot after the Pens were about to get a PP. He and Ballard both got 7 minutes in penalties. Kunitz made everyone forget how fucking stupid he was by undressing the Wild defense on the rush and taking a disgusting no-look pass from Sid.
SPECIAL AWARD TO JASON POMINVILLE: CONGRATULATIONS, YOU'RE STILL ALIVE! WE HAD NO IDEA WHERE THEY WERE HIDING YOU
In classic fashion, as Ryan Mill is announcing Kunitz's 19th goal of the season, Pominville does a number on Jeff Zatkoff off the rush.
The Wild managed to score another one and actually make it a game.
Then Adams and Maatta both went to the box.
MOMENT THIS GAME WENT FROM "NORMAL ASS GAME" TO "UNREAL" (YES YOUR "ASS GAME" JOKES ARE INCOMING)
After a spirited 5 on 3 kill, Maatta exited the box with just a few seconds left on Adams' penalty, and had a breakaway. He was impeded on his break and awarded a penalty shot.
"Finn on finn" became a brief catchphrase as he closed in on Backstrom.
AAAAND HE FUCKING SCORED
oh my god, this is the best thing that has ever happened ever
will post the inevitable pics of maatta being adorable as all hell later
sorry for sucking
we return in a blaze of mystical fire eventually