Taking advantage of momentum
By Jamie MacDonald
January 6, 2011
In a game that had nearly even momentum swings and big hits and glorious chances at each end, the Wild's Thursday game-winner over Boston came in a single giveaway.
A single, obvious, unconscionable giveaway.
With the score tied, 1-1, in the third, Boston's Marc Savard meant to move the puck from his own end and, presumably, to a teammate. He had time, but not many options. Rather than go through the progression of those options or eat the puck, he slid a pass right to Cal Clutterbuck inside the left faceoff circle.
Clutterbuck, who is as natural with a high-glove shot as he is with his checking game, gathered the puck and fired