Send in Boogaard--We don't need Gabby fighting UPDATED WITH VIDEO
After clinching their division, the Wild are gearing up for the playoffs, which is not the time that you want your most skilled shooter out with a broken hand. From the Strib:
Then, at the end of overtime and knowing there was nobody but Wild skilled players on the ice, Laperriere again collided with Gaborik, the shocking result being Gaborik's first fighting major in 485 career games.
"We kind of collided, pushed, shoved and just happened to drop the gloves," said Gaborik, his right hand covered in gashes. "It happened so quick. It shows things are heating up. It's going to be a tough series. It's going to be a battle like five years ago."
When the Wild next meets Colorado, Gaborik plans to "play my game and leave that stuff for other guys."
And those "other guys," Fedoruk, Derek Boogaard and Chris Simon, weren't happy with Laperriere's antics.
"Obviously I'm going to be playing in the first game," said Boogaard, who was scratched Sunday. "We'll see if somebody has a problem then."
UPDATE: Here's a video of the melee:
The description of Gabby's "right hand covered in gashes" should send chills down the spine of every Wild fan. This is exactly why the team brought in Simon and Fedoruk to toughen up and send a message to teams that might try to take cheap shots at Gabby.
That forboding quote from Boogey at the end of the article reminded me that a little more than a year ago I was hanging out with him in the locker room, trying to get him to open up and talk about what it was like to be one of the most feared enforcers in the NHL. You can read the story here, and get a preview of the mayhem that awaits Colorado here in a YouTube gallery of Boogey's greatest hits.
If you could see Laperriere's nightmare right now, it would look like this:
Where to find the playoff games:
MINNESOTA WILD FIRST ROUND BROADCAST SCHEDULE
DATE GAME TIME (CDT) BROADCAST ON:
Wed., April 9 1 vs. Colorado 8:00 p.m. KSTC-TV
Fri., April 11 2 vs. Colorado 8:00 p.m. FSN North**
Mon., April 14 3 at Colorado 9:00 p.m. KSTC-TV
Tues., April 15 4 at Colorado 9:00 p.m. FSN North**
Thurs., April 17 *5 vs. Colorado 8:00 p.m. KSTC-TV
Sat., April 19 *6 at Colorado TBD FSN North**
Tues., April 22 *7 vs. Colorado TBD KSTC-TV
All times and broadcast locations are subject to change.
* If necessary. ** Available in high definition. Check with local cable and satellite providers for details.
Both Wild broadcast partners will also provide extended coverage of the first round playoff series. KSTC-TV will feature a 1-hour pre-game show prior to Game 1 and a 30-minute pre-game show before remaining playoff games and extended postgame coverage. FSN North first round broadcasts will feature regular Wild Live pre-and post-game shows.
Each Minnesota Wild game will also be available on WCCO 830 AM.
The Minnesota Wild will host a Pre-Game Rally from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Rice Park in downtown St. Paul prior to Game 1 on Wednesday and Game 2 on Friday. The rally will include live music, food and beverage and the latest Wild Stanley Cup Playoff merchandise. Kids can get their playoff beard painted on.