Sunday, January 22, 2012
Ott vs. Powe: Momentum changer?
By Mark Stepneski
The Minnesota Wild are giving Stars forward Steve Ott an assist for their 5-2 win over Dallas last night. It revolves around those two scraps with Wild forward Darroll Power in the second period, which the Wild thought helped push momentum in their favor.
Here’s an excerpt from the Stars-Tribune’s recap of the game:
Philip Larsen gave Dallas a 2-1 lead, but four seconds later, Powe, a Princeton grad, and Ott, considered one of the NHL's dirtiest hombres, came out of the box from prior roughing minors and danced for real (Powe's fifth NHL fight). Ott wrestled Powe to the ice, then, against code, popped Powe in the face. The Wild bench exploded.
“I don't think guys were too happy about that,” Powe said.
“Gutless play,” Clutterbuck called it.
After Nystrom's turnover, Clutterbuck scored on a slick backhander. The next shift, Rau withstood Larsen's hit, got up and attempted a wraparound. Rau's second try deflected in off Brenden Morrow's stick for the special tally.
The shift after that, Brodziak buried Heatley's feed for the fastest three goals in Wild history (59 ticks) -- and 3:17 after Powe sparked the Wild.
“Emotionally, [Powe] gave our bench a huge lift,” Yeo said. “That's a team guy.”
Here was Stars coach Glen Gulutzan’s take on the Ott vs. Powe.
“I don’t think it affected the momentum, but you’d rather it not happen. When you’re winning 2-1 in someone else’s building, it’s a full 19,000 people here, I’d rather just have everybody sleeping. But it happened and it shouldn’t have been a big difference-maker in the game.”