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Niklas Backstrom: Greetings from Montreal

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
Ed. note: All-Star Niklas Backstrom will text from Montreal throughout his stay in Montreal. For more on All-Star weekend, and Backstrom's impact in Montreal, click here for a 2009 All-Star Game home page.

Sunday, Jan. 25 | 3:10 p.m. EST

I'm excited about the game now. The whole weekend has been great so far -- it has been busy. The game today probably isn't so much about quality; it's about promoting the game.

Sunday, Jan. 25 | 12:29 a.m. EST

Tonight was OK -- didn't get hurt. Crazy atmosphere.

Saturday, Jan. 24 | 3:26 p.m. EST

Today we had a short practice, tough because of all the skilled players. I don't think you can prepare for that. Tonight is not going to be easy. You just try to do your best and have fun.

Friday, Jan. 23 | 6:08 p.m. EST

You start to feel you're at the All-Star Game now that you are part of the game, and you're excited about it. Tonight, I'm just picking up my parents, so it's going to be nice to see them and spend time together.

Friday, Jan. 23 | 11:26 a.m. EST

Montreal is a nice city with a lot of European influences. And it's nice to have some time off to recharge mentally and physically. You try to learn from the first half and move on.

Also, later today we have a Media Day.

Thursday, Jan. 22 | 12:26 p.m. EST

No big plans for today other than trying to relax and rest, get your mind off hockey. Later, I'm probably going to walk downtown to look around and maybe do some shopping.

I think a lot of players arrive today, and then hockey starts Saturday morning with practice and the Skills Competition Saturday Night.
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