The Minnesota Wild played the season finale with more urgency even though it was the San Jose Sharks who had something at stake.
Jason Zucker scored twice in the second period, Eric Staal matched the franchise record for goals in a season and the Wild denied San Jose home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 6-3 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night.
I wasn’t going to miss that one, Staal said. It’s cool, it’s fun to have that alongside Marian, he’s a great player and a great goal scorer, so it was fun.
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He added, I think we’ve all got great intentions and want to do well out there, and we care about playing defense. That’s the thing. The strategic part of it is something that we also got to get better at, Matt Bartkowski Youth jersey but if it was a lack of spirit and care, I would be concerned. It’s more so knowing what we have to do strategically to do it.
The Warriors have been plagued by injuries to key players and are 7-9 since March 9.
Authentic Youth Wilt Chamberlain Jersey Kerr praised his squad after Saturday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
It was noted to Kerr that his postgame comments Saturday were kind and gentle compared to two days prior — and then he was asked whether kind and gentle could be the title of a future memoir.
No, my wife would have the title for my memoir, Kerr said with a laugh. She uses it on me sometimes at home. To paraphrase a poem, I think it was a British poet [John Dryden], maybe in the 18th century: ‘Beware the fury of a patient man.’ And she’s right. I’m extremely patient. But sometimes, a clipboard must break.
While the Wild were locked into the third seed in the Central Division, the Sharks needed one point to finish second in the Pacific and open the playoffs at home. Instead, San Jose lost for the fifth time in the final six games and will be forced to hit the road to start the playoffs against Anaheim in the first meeting between the rivals since the Ducks upset the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Sharks in 2009.