Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/29/11
TUESDAY'S STORYLINES: "It was a dream come true," said 24-year -old Wild forward David McIntyre, when speaking of his NHL debut Monday night versus Tampa Bay. McIntyre was able to share the dream night with his father Don. When Don found out his son would be playing, he bought a last-minute plane ticket from Pefferlaw, Ontario, to share the special night with his son. McIntyre said his dad is the "reason he is here right now," and he was very grateful to have the opportunity to share themoment with his father. On the ice McIntyre didn't look out of place. The physical forward logged 9:07 of ice time and recordedtwo hits. Head Coach Mike Yeo said he liked the way both McIntyre and Casey Wellman used their speed well and did a good job managing the puck. McIntyre himself said he thought he adjusted well in his first NHL game. He felt his line that consisted of McIntyre, Wellman and Brad Staubitz had a good game positionally. In critiquing his own game, McIntyre said "I have to get used to battling in the corners with the bigger guys, the defensemen are a little bigger, so I have to play the body a little bit more." McIntyre will most likely have the opportunity to work on those thingsWednesday night. Yeo said Tuesday he is leaning toward using the same lineup tomorrowagainst divisional opponent Edmonton. OTHER DEBUTS: It was Mike Lundin's 225th career NHL game but his first with Minnesota. The defenseman, who signed as a free agent with Minnesota on July 10th, has been sidelined all season with a back injury. Lundin logged 19:35 of ice time in his first NHL game since May 27th. Lundin said there was a little rust but overall he felt good in his season debut. GILLIES SCRATCHED: The addition of McIntyre and Wellman last night meant forward Colton Gillies was a healthy scratch. When asked if Gillies took it hard, Yeo said "Colton will always take it hard, his care level is extremely high and he has a lot of pride in his own game and just how much he wants to contribute." Yeo added that, in the big picture, being scratched could be good for the young forward. "It could end up being a very good thing for him, just to sometimes take a step backand watch the game," noted Yeo. HE SAID IT: "It is probably a little easier for a guy like that to come in and look like that. That's how he is as a player. He is a very steady player, he is a very smart player. He doesn't over-extend himself in situations where he is going to get caught chasing and reaching. He plays the game in control and I like that in a defenseman. I like a guy who sets himself up to play that way because of the way he plays with and without the puck." --Yeo on Mike Lundin's debut
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