Premature Celebrations

Can Minnesota Wild fans predict the future, or do they not know how to count?

February 28, 2018

To be fair to Minnesota Wild fans, Tuesday night's tilt with the St. Louis Blues was a high-flying affair, and it may have been tough to keep tabs on all 11 goals scored in the game. Their squad poured it on Blues goaltenders Jake Allen and Carter Hutton, finding the back of the net eight times, including this goal-of-the-year candidate from Mikael Granlund:

Turns out this Granlund goal that made it 3-1 was his second of the night thanks to a stat correction that credited him with the Wild's second goal, which was originally given to veteran Eric Staal, who went on to net his first almost halfway into the second period. Apparently, those inside the arena weren't notified that it was Staal's first, so when he scored his second in the third period, fans rained down their hats onto the ice prematurely, thinking Staal had just earned his 14th career hat trick.

But then, miraculously, Staal delivered with an actual third goal three minutes later, finishing off a five point night and earning the rare, never-before-seen double-hat toss, but more importantly raising the question: can Minnesota Wild fans predict the future, or do they not know how to count?

This really comes down to whether or not the PA announcer notified the fans that the goal had been given to Granlund. Judging by the second hat toss, he must have, right? Or these damn Minnesotans just love to waste a good hat. And that was "Wednesday's Worthless Debate" at The Loop, something I just made up.