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1st strike, a "Blessing" ? Written by Matsson - November 30th, -0001
Earlier today the Minnesota Wild recieved their 1st strike of the season for not submitting their lines for league approval. With the costly (not guarented to not get the $1 million bonus for lines)mistake, the Wild seemed to be under gun being left to the mercey of the league official (read sim), to verify, and select starting lines for the game against the Dallas Stars...

Saint Paul,

Being without star center Keith Tkachuk, it seemed that Wayne Primeau would be the natural selection as the top line center, but to everyones surprise Calgary's Morten Madsen got the call up, and was the starting center.

Few of the local reporters got wind of this, and rushed to GM Matsson to get his thoughts...

" I thought all of my paperwork was in order... I guess the stress of being up so late trying to make some deals to improve this team caught up with me..."

" You never know... This could be a blessing... We traded for him for a reason"

The "Blessing" came just 9:49 into the first period, when Madsen was part of a nice little give and go with Richardson, who one timed the shot past Alex Auld to tie up the game.

7:05 into the second period Madsen once again placed a perfectly threaded pass to King to once again tie up the game. Felling jacked from this dream game, Madsen won the draw cleanly, and skated down ice. After splitting the Dallas D at the blue line Madsen was in all alone against Auld. A niftey little head fake, and a quick drop pass to his skates, back to his stick... Madsen fired a quick backhand shot that beat Auld cleanly. Madsen would also add a PP goal in the 3rd to help keep the game outta reach for the Stars.

Final game stats for Madsen:

2(g) - 2(a) - 4(pts) +3 - 0(pim) - 3(shots) - 1(hit) in 20min

That leave him tied for 6th in rookie points, but has played 4 less games, so with Tkachuk back from injury, expect Madsen to stay up in the bigs.

Only time will tell if this was indeed a blessing, or just a flash in the pan, but either way the ride will be great fun.

-I.P Regularlee

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