Vancouver Canucks defeat Minnesota Wild, 5-2

Wild coach Todd Richards sensed it coming.

After four days off following victories over the Rangers and Penguins, Richards worried about his team "getting too high on yourselves."

"We still have to remember where we're at," Richards said Thursday morning. "All you have to do is look at the standings."

The Wild is the worst team in the Western Conference, and it reverted back to that during a 5-2 loss to the wounded, yet gutty Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

The next time Derek Boogaard scores a goal, the NHL should allow the game to be stopped for a ceremony.

The Hall of Fame should swoop in and collect Boogaard's stick, gloves and skates. The beaten goaltender might want to consider early retirement.

And if the Wild bruiser's next goal comes at Xcel Energy Center, like maybe tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, bring some plugs to protect your eardrums from rupturing. "It'll be sick," Boogaard said, chuckling. "Hopef...