Things did not play out as expected. About 15 minutes before game time Harding pulled up lame. What a sticky wicket the Wild were Thrust in. Now a very cold Niklas Backstrom was thrust into starting as the Wild scrambled to get Kuemper back from the airport.
Smooth kid, very smooth!
Coyle's goal in shootout gives Wild 3-2 victory over Jets | Star Tribune
Backstrom steps in and shows us he still has what it takes. Quite an impressive showing out of the old hand yesterday.
Postgame: Wild 3, Winnipeg 2 (shootout) | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Rachel Blount does a wonderful job filling in for Russo with a wrap-up of yesterdays action.
Wild report: Darcy Kuemper packs, unpacks and backs up - TwinCities.com
Although he was ultimately not needed, it was a good move not to book the first flight out of dodge.
Michael Russo's Short Takes | Star Tribune
Backstrom steps up in Wild shootout victory at Winnipeg | Star Tribune
This is one of those wins we will look back on, just getting owned for large swaths of the game and still have the perseverance to come back and walk out of Winnipeg with 2 big divisional points.
Backstrom delivers in relief as the Wild claw their way back for 3-2 shootout road victory over Winnipeg | The State of Hockey News
Minnesota Wild: Jason Zucker finds a mentor in Zach Parise - TwinCities.com
Parise is probably not the worst person to look up to.
Off the Trail
Mike Russo's Sunday NHL Insider | Star Tribune
With last year’s lockout feeling like a bad memory, here are some story lines that few could have expected at the quarter pole of this season.
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Welcome to the Blooper Reel Cam Fowler!
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I wonder if he was booed ...
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