We're on our way to Bedford, Mass., for our flight to Philly tonight. What a win for the Wild, now 3-0-1 in its last four, three games coming against the top three teams in the league.
Bob Harwood interviewed Owen Nolan on the bench afterward, since they used Backstrom in their last game. The Boston locker room poses some challenges I will write about tomorrow, but we're almost to the airport. I'll talk to everyone after the Wild practices tomorrow at noon central time.Second period
Four Wild power plays thus far, much to the angst of the Bruins faithful, especially when Marek Zidlicky's point blast beat Manny Fernandez.
The Bruins had their first power play in the waning seconds after a Bouchard delay of game penalty.
I just got Bob Mason for Bob Harwood, and I'm headed back upstairs. I was able to watch a lot of the second period, and the view is much better from upstairs than in the locker room.
Twenty minutes to a 3-0-1 mark in four games, with two wins against the best team in each conference. Here's hoping for that. I'll talk to you after the game en route to the airport.First period
A pretty tame (and scoreless) first period. The Wild had a power play right past the midway point, which presented a challenge for VERSUS because Brent Burns was over talking with the rest of the power play unit during the timeout. But Kim Johnsson was in great position, and Bob Harwood got a couple of questions in with him. VERSUS also interviewed Brent Burns at the intermission.
I've chatted with August, our lead flight attendant tonight, who flew in from Phoenix just to work our subjet, which is a major commercial airliner. She knows how we like the food pre-flight.
I'll come back down here during second period. At the second intermission, VERSUS is scheduled to talk with Bob Mason off-camera. Mason is on the bench tonight in lieu of Mike Ramsey, who is sick.Pregame
The music is booming here at TD Banknorth Garden, which I started to write as FleetCenter. The Wild will move from left to right in tonight's first period. I'm watching warm-ups from my perch even with the Wild goal in the press box.
I will be filing end-of-period updates tonight, but that's it. I need to be downstairs the entire first period, more or less. VERSUS' Bob Harwood will interview Brent Burns at the 10-minute timeout. And the press elevator here is a freight elevator you share with other people, so it's easier just for me to watch the period down there. Speaking of VERSUS, Harwood also sat down with Jacques Lemaire for five minutes when the team arrived, and that will be sprinkled throughout tonight's broadcast.
Pre-game meal tonight of buffalo chicken and macaroni and cheese. It was a star-studded affair, as I sat next to the venerable Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated, who last year dubbed St. Paul "Hockeytown."
As expected, Stephane Veilleux
(illness) and Derek Boogaard (upper body) are out of the lineup. The defenseman scratch appears to be Erik Reitz.
Enjoy tonight's game in HD on VERSUS. The guy with the "icy blue" shirt and black suit, that's me!
We'll head out right after the game tonight for Philadelphia, where we will skate tomorrow. There's a winter storm headed this way, and snow will start here after midnight, so we should be good. It may be a bumpy ride, however. Freezing rain expected in Philly. I haven't decided yet between Pat's and Gino's, but I will be eating cheesesteak tomorrow for sure.Monday, 12 p.m. EST
The Wild is just wrapping up its pre-game skate, which took place this morning without Stephane Veilleux
, who is sick. It appears as though Niklas Backstrom
will start in goal for the Wild. It was a pretty lengthy skate, mostly because the Wild didn't skate yesterday.
Manny Fernandez will go for the Bruins. He refused to speak with members of the Twin Cities media this morning, which didn't make him very popular.
Tonight's game is nationally broadcast on VERSUS. I've lined up Jacques Lemaire for a pre-tape at 5 p.m., and Brent Burns will do an interview on the bench at the 10-minute mark of the first period.
We had an adventuresome trip to the rink this morning. The bus had to back in (and up) the loading dock. There's not much clearance, and Jack, our driver, was going at a pretty high rate of speed backward. He ran into a dumpster. No major damage, but a small dent on the bus.
Last night was uneventful. I had some Chinese food and hung out in the room mostly, tired from a long day. A couple funny things happened, though, as I was walking through the skyway. First, I was asked, "Do you play for Minnesota?" I said no. A bit later, when I was walking back to the hotel, these two young kids said, as I walked by, "Oh my gosh, that's Owen Nolan." Nolan got a good kick out of that this morning.
We welcomed assistant equipment manager Brent Proulx back from the IIHF World Junior Championship in Ottawa. A night after Canada won yet another gold medal, Nick Schultz had a present for Proulx, who is American: a fifth-place "medal," which was actually a puck wrapped in masking tape, with a string around it.