Last night's tilt had a little bit of everything from the fisticuffs and downright dislike for each other to a riveting on ice battle. The Wild once again came from behind in the third period and took the lead on two highlight reel goals by Kirill Kaprizov.
The lead unfortunately did not hold up as Vegas was able to draw even with a late powerplay marker by Reilly Smith. Despite the valiant Wild PK where they blocked shots throughout the 2-minutes before William Karlsson caught a fortunate carrom of Alec Martinez's shot and found Smith wide open on the back door with just 1 second left on the Zuccarello minor.
Zuccarello had been called hooking at 13:45 of the third period on what can only be referred to as a suspect call to say the least. Zuccarello reached and lifted Jonathan Marchesault's stick. Penalties are called throughout games some are missed and others called but in a game where both teams are battling like this game was being played it is tough to see that call become the turning point.
Not to blame the refs by any stretch and I like how Dean Evason, handled that very same question in the post game stating that he had wished the call had been made in that situation if it negated a scoring opportunity. He did not make much of it and instead focused on what his team is doing to get themselves ready for the postseason.
Last night's game gave us another example of just how far this Wild team has come in a relatively short period of time. The speed in which the team plays is night and day from where they were a year ago, and the fight they bring every night is a treat to watch.
Cam Talbot once again was spectacular in the Wild net making several game saving stops throughout the contest all the way to the final horn of the third period.
The Ducks are up next for the Wild and it will not be an easy task for the Wild. One can look at last night's Ducks 3-2 shootout win in St. Louis where the Blues still have not officially punched their playoff ticket. San Jose also played spoiler for Colorado making the Wild's OT loss sting a bit more, as now Vegas is four points clear of Colorado.