Some players like to beat the clock with a shot on goal.
That led to chaos, as the two teams came together in a scrum. Kesler was given a boarding major and a game misconduct. Zach Parise, his Team USA teammate, was given a cross-checking major and a game misconduct.
At the end of the game, Ryan Kesler, being Ryan Kesler, took a gigantic long run at Mikael Granlund and creamed him along the boards. Parise immediately jumped to Granlund’s defense.
Kesler got a major for charging and Parise a major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. We’ll see if anything comes of that Saturday.
“Game’s over. It’s stupid,” Parise said of the Kesler cheap shot at Granlund.
As Russo pointed out, the Ducks got physical with some of the Wild’s “lesser players” in the second half of the game.
The teams meet again in Minnesota on Dec. 5. That should be fun.