ST. PAUL, Minn. When a team is down to six defensemen, one making his NHL debut, the last thing a coach wants is to see one of those players getting ejected in the first period.
That's exactly what Wild coach Mike Yeo witnessed on Thursday night at the beginning of Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win over the Blackhawks, but Nate Prosser's ejection for head-butting Jamal Mayers was not the blow it could have been.
Despite Prosser's objection that he hadn't done anything on purpose, that Mayers sold the move as a head butt "He acted like teeth were knocked out and everything," Prosser said. "I felt bad at the time, but looking at it, he was back the next shift." it still could have been a momentum-changer. That's true any night, but it's especially worrisome when the Minnesota defense was as shorthanded as it already was on Monday.
Somehow, though, it wasn't the game-changer it could have been, and the Wild held onto the momentum that Marco Scandella said was set with Josh Harding's s...