When the original ownership of the Minnesota Wild chose the franchise’s name in the late 1990s, they must have had Tuesday night in mind. Because the good people of Columbus, Ohio, who saw their Blue Jackets play host to Minnesota were certainly treated to a wild affair at Nationwide Arena.
The first — and scariest — moment came little over a minute into the game, when Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard rode Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu into the board following a dump-in. Koivu lost his edge going full speed and slammed into the boards back-first. The collision was so hard, Koivu’s body sprung into the air and he landed again on the ice, perhaps even hitting his head.
He skated back to the bench but was taken to the hospital shortly thereafter.
There was also good news on the ice for Minnesota as Zach Parise netted a hat trick with the Wild’s first three goals Tuesday night — one in each period. It was a particularly noteworthy hat trick, to boot.
Zach Parise scored his 4th career hat trick & 2nd in 2015-16. He is 2nd @mnwild player w/ multiple hat tricks in a season (M. Gaborik: 3x).