Joe Micheletti did not say the Wild were playing 'sh**** hockey' on national TV

Shinny hockey. It's a thing.
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Nick Bjugstad

Minnesota native and longtime NHL broadcaster Joe Micheletti has been wrongly accused of saying the Wild were playing "sh**** hockey" during Monday night's NBC Sports Network telecast against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

Instead, Micheletti said the Wild looked like they were playing "shinny hockey" the way they were during their morning skate before Monday's Game 5 of the best-of-seven series against Vegas. 

Here's the clip that has people confused. 

Shinny hockey? Perhaps it's not as well known in the rest of the country as it is in the State of Hockey and Canada, but shinny hockey is nothing more than a game of pick-up hockey on an outdoor pond or rink, or even a game of street hockey. 

Shinny hockey stems from the Scottish team game, "Shinty." Bardown has a great explainer on its website here, and below is a quick description. 

"The game of Shinty dates back to pre-historic Scotland. Just like ice hockey, shinty is a game played with sticks in which two teams attempt to score into an opposing team's net while simultaneously defending their own. Think field hockey, but you can actually use the back part of your stick!"

As it turns out, the misunderstanding found its way onto Twin Cities radio station KS95, prompting a stern rebuke from Joe's brother, Gopher hockey great and current radio/TV broadcaster Pat Micheletti.

The Wild did win the game 4-2 despite getting pounded by Vegas in the second period.

Minnesota trails the series 3 games to 2 with Game 6 in St. Paul Wednesday night. The Wild must win to force a Game 7. 

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