(Editor's note: The Wild Thing of the Month features the one story, performance, or event that, in the opinion of this blogger, made Wild fans the happiest. Feedback always welcome.)
January was another very tough month for the Minnesota Wild, as the skating W's managed only one win in their first eight games. The ninth game of the month, fell on Hockey Day Minnesota. For all the hockey played at all the levels that day, it would be the pro team mired in a losing streak that managed something amazing against the franchise that used to call Minnesota home.
It would start with unlikely fighter Darroll Powe taking on the gutless Stars' winger Steve Ott. (Here's a good summary from Russo's Rants)
While hockeyfights.com scored this bout decidedly in Ott's favor, it appears this sparked the Wild to set a new franchise record.
Cal Clutterbuck, Chad Rau, and Kyle Brodziak would score 3 goals in 59 seconds (a new record for fasted 3 goals in franchise history).
Clutterbuck's Goal (from Cullen, Setoguchi):
Rau's Goal (from McMillan, Ortmeyer)
Brodziak's goal (from Heatley, Spurgeon)
For Chad Rau it is his first NHL goal, three days after his 24th birthday. His parents we in attendance after attending younger brother Kyle's game for the University of Minnesota earlier in the day. Rau and Ortmeyer have since been been sent to Houston, but I imagine Fletcher won't have any problem bringing them back again when needed.
So we have 12 joint winners, Darroll Powe, Cal Clutterbuck, Chad Rau, Kyle Brodziak, Matt Cullen, Devin Setoguchi, Carson McMillian, Jed Ortmeyer, Dany Heatley, Jared Spurgeon, plus two winners from the Stars. Brendan Morrow for his assist on Rau's goal, and of course Coach Yeo would want me to credit Steve Ott as well. Congrats to all, for being part of the three goals in 59 seconds for the Wild, and part of January's Wild thing of the Month.
(For my Wild thing of the month image reference, here's a picture of a roller coaster that opened when Chad Rau was nine years old.)
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Attribution to: Drbcoaster at en.wikipedia