Some questioned the CBC's decision to air a seemingly meaningless mid-week game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Minnesota Wild, but the decision paid off. The Wild and Canadiens made it worthwhile, giving us a curiously compelling game full of big hits, bad blood, clutch goals, injuries (Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom left the game with a leg injury) and some truly odd incidents.
The oddest of which: a massive hit delivered by Canadiens' rearguard Alexei Emelin. What made it so odd? The victim of the hit was Erik Cole, Emelin's teammate.