ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The busy travel and game schedule of National Hockey League players typically means things like birthdays and holidays with friends and family are missed.
"There's a lot of times where when we come here or they come to California, it's a back-to-back game or you don't really have time to enjoy it, so it was fun," Saku said. "Obviously it's a big day for him, 30th birthday; just goes to show how time flies. It feels like he just came over here and now it's already 10 years."
Saku said the two had a "quick, quiet dinner" Monday in St. Paul. Of course, being it's Mikko's birthday, older brother picked up the check, right?
"No, I bought that," Mikko said. "As usual."
Anaheim plays at Minnesota on Monday, when Saku will look to improve the Ducks' record to 3-0 against younger brother Mikko's squad. The Wild will look to run their winning streak to three games.