(Note: This is a short-version because my attention was spread out, but I saw enough to know that I didn't like what I saw.)
DirecTV customers were rather thankful they don't get Versus right now, because the cable channel's Game of the Night wasn't even as entertaining as watching a dog of less-than-average intelligence chase the shiny part of a flashlight on the carpet, and there wasn't as much action as the pooch would provide, either.
But there's no nitpicking or arguing with the results. Antti Miettinen's early goal, his eighth of the season, held up and Niklas Backstrom made 22 saves as Minnesota downed Colorado, 1-0, to bounce back from a shutout loss at Phoenix.
Wild offense: Andrew Ebbett must mean that much, eh? Colorado routinely allows 30 or more shots per game and the Wild barely got to 20 (22). Let's just move on.
Wild defense: The best defensive play of the night came from Martin Havlat, whose timely "oops, did I do that?" dislodging of his own goal cage seconds before a Colorado goal protected the lead. Props to Greg Zanon (five blocked shots) and Kyle Brodziak (three).
Avalanche offense: Cover-your-eyes awful.
Avalanche defense: It's an easier job when your offense is on the power play a lot.
Stud: Versus reporter Lindsay Soto. She's hot.
Dud: Soto. Doesn't mean she's good at her job.
Leader: Minnesota's penalty killing units, successfully preventing Colorado from scoring on any of its six power plays, and sometimes, not even allowing a shot on goal.
Lagger: John Scott, for causing three of those power plays.
Turning point: I don't know, was there even one turn in this game? The Mittens goal I guess. Put the road team ahead early.
Key play: The Colorado no-goal.
The Assembled Multitude removed their hands from their eyes long enough to chime in with their thoughts:
Chicken Little: Did I miss something? Is Lemaire coaching again?
Pollyanna: Um.. er... well.. hey, it's a win. Hurray for Backs! First shutout of the season!
Bottom line: Hey, it's two points, on the road, against a division opponent ahead of Minnesota in the standings.
Next: Friday, Dec. 11, at Calgary, a step up in competition, at 8 p.m. CT, on FS-North and FS-Wisconsin and XM 237.