Minnesota Wild defeat Dallas Stars, 3-2
Maybe it was divine justice.
Early in the second period Saturday night, Wild defenseman Nick Schultz picked the corner like your typical goal-scorer.
Slight problem: Schultz's shot was into his own net, and it triggered a Dallas Stars rally from two goals down.
But things evened up pretty marvelously for the Wild. Like Schultz, Stars defenseman Nicklas Grossman hit the wrong bull's-eye, only Grossman's pinpoint accuracy into his own net turned out to be Marek Zidl...
Doug Risebrough used to say that James Sheppard was the only member of the Wild's five-player "core" who had yet to experience "crisis."
Whether it was being ridden by former coach Jacques Lemaire, or being a defenseman forced to play forward, or being small in stature, the former Wild general manager felt that "core" players Mikko Koivu, Brent Burns, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Nick Schultz had overcome early-career adversity that made them stronger as players.