Originally written February 28, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
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TUESDAY'S STORY LINE: The ability to shoot the puck from the blue line -- it is something Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo has wanted all season. The Wild defensemen have accumulated 74 points, last in the NHL. They have tallied only 11 goals, also last. But Sunday against San Jose, the Wild shot the puck from the blue line and the results showed up on the scoreboard. Minnesota defensemen took eight shots, and three resulted in goals. One went straight in; the other two were tipped in by forwards. That included Jed Ortmeyer's game-winner; Ortmeyer re-directed a Jared Sprugeon shot from the blue line into the net. When the Wild acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster on Friday, they knew they were getting: a player with a booming shot who isn't afraid to use it. Ironically, Foster, who has 70 shots in 38 games this season, didn't have one shot on goal Sunday. Still, after the game Yeo joked Foster may have inspired the other defensemen to shoot. "I knew that we w...
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