I, despite my best efforts, never made it to this game. I fell ill Sunday night, before driving to Chicago for this game. This should say 'Chicago' on the top, but due to the flu, your Road Tripper was grounded yesterday.
Thank goodness Niklas Backstrom made it to the United Center last night, as his 40-save performance led the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, the third victory for the Wild in their last four games.
Mikko Koivu's 13th goal of the season and Marek Zidlicky's 2 power-play goals led the Wild, as 21,320 in the cavernous UC looked on somewhat in disbelief (the Hawks were 8-1-1 in their last 10 at home before last night).
The Wild now run their United Center record to 5-2 since the 2004-05 labor dispute.
Chicken Little: Well, let's see now...I'm sure I'll find something...
Pollyanna: You gotta sign Backstrom NOW, DR! It costs you more money every day you don't!
Bottom Line: Any time you can go into another team's building and win, it's a good thing. To do it against a team as good as the Blackhawks are, all the better.
Stud: Backstrom. Not really another choice, is there?
Dud: For once, none.
Next; vs. Los Angeles, Tuesday, 7:00 PM Central (5 PM Pacific), Xcel Energy Center (KSTC-45, FSWest, XM Ch. 209)
WRT (still under the weather, at home...)