Minnesota hockey fans needed a night like Friday.
The University of Minnesota men’s hockey team and the Minnesota Wild both have gotten off to very difficult starts this season. But on Friday, you can follow the old cliche and "throw out the records."
Let’s take a look at what went right:
- The Gophers nabbed their first victory of the season, despite falling behind 1-0 to the typically hapless Alaska-Anchorage squad. Minnesota rattled off five uanswered goals to pick up the victory over the Seawolves 5-1. Minnesota is now 1-3-1 overall and in the WCHA.
- The Minnesota Wild defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 at the Xcel Energy Center in a battle of two teams previously going in very different directions. It was the Wild’s first victory in regulation this season. Minnesota is now 3-9-0 on the season, while the Rangers are 8-4-1, thanks in part to …
- Marian Gaborik. The former Wild star returned to St. Paul for the first time since leaving the only franchise he ever played for as a free agent during the offseason. Gaborik has been white-hot so far this season, but fittingly, he was injured for the first game against his former team. Injuries always hampered Gaborik’s Wild career, and now his Rangers career is hitting a bit of a snag. Wild fans have been shaking their heads all year at the start Gaborik was off too. His injury at the very least eases their pain.