Unlike during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, Aaron Rome’s dumb-hit related shame will be limited to one game. The Vancouver Canucks surrendered three Anaheim Ducks power-play goals after Rome received a major for his check on Devante Smith-Pelly, which apparently was punishment enough in the eyes of Brendan Shanahan & Co.
The Vancouver Province reports that Rome won’t be fined or suspended for that check, although Shanahan isn’t very happy with “certain elements” of that action. Take a look at the video and decide for yourself if that game misconduct and major penalty (not to mention drawing the ire of his team and fans) provided enough of a consequence for Rome.
One thing’s for sure: it won’t make Smith-Pelly’s nose any less broken …
As of this writing, this win places Minnesota in the last wild card spot, and they’re close to elbowing in on the Chicago Blackhawks (who own a standings point advantage, but have played two more games so far in 2015-16).
Jeremy Roenick labels this 2-1 win as a “team win” for Minnesota, and it showed on that 2-1 goal, as the Wild showed off some picture-perfect passing and a willingness to crash the net for rebounds.
Let’s face it, though; Devan Dubnyk deserves plenty of credit, too.
It won’t be easy in the Central Division, and things may get heated again. Still, this is the sort of win that may just help Minnesota build up some confidence.
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Sure, it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns – Radko Gudas might have gotten himself into some trouble, for instance – yet this is still a nice sign of life for a team expected to finish in the draft lottery.
If that fails … hey, the future may require shades.
This own-goal captures the start of Dougie Hamilton’s Flames career