After the 2-1 defeat of the Minnesota Wild by the Anaheim Ducks, no one in the state of hockey is happy. Except Zach Sikich, but more on him later.
The Wild were robbed. Plain and simple. They outworked, outplayed and outlasted the Ducks for the first two periods of the game. Anaheim was outshot 22-7 after the first 40 minutes of play and things did not look like they would improve in the third period.
The only reason the Ducks were down by a single goal was because of Jonas Hiller, who was spectacular and he had to be.
Hiller wasn't even supposed to start the game. Viktor Fasth got the nod. Then Fasth got injured in the morning skate. Bad enough that he could not sit on the bench. So the Ducks called up Jeff Deslauriers, but he could not get there in time for the game to start.
Enter Sikich. The 32 year old Minnesota native who runs a goaltender school got to add three minutes of NHL time to his resume. Sikich was signed to an amateur try out contract ...