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The R.S.S. Feed: March 7, 2009

by Ryan Stanzel / Minnesota Wild
4:05 p.m. PST

As I typed the time, I realized I must remind all our players tonight to turn their clocks ahead one hour tonight for daylight savings time. It's an early pre-game skate tomorrow, too -- 8:30 a.m. PDT.

The Wild's comeback fell just short. Niklas Backstrom said post-game that some of those goals should have been stopped. Jacques Lemaire agreed. But everyone has a bad night, and, as Lemaire said, it's usually one or two things a night that don't click, and that's where the inconsistency comes in.

Special thanks to the Kings website for helping out with Kurtis Foster post-game.

The conversion crew at Staples Center is amazing. Lakers last night, hockey today at 1 and Clippers tonight at 7:30 p.m. You could barely see there had been a hockey game by the time we left 35 minutes after the game. We left the arena an alternate way, and I had to search for a couple guys who were with their guests.

Some of the boys are enjoying In and Out burgers here on the freeway. We're stopped, but that's no surprise even on a Saturday afternoon. Day 10 is almost in the books. I may hit Disney tonight.

Breaking news...

Brent Burns (sick) is a late scratch, so Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster will play for the first time in nearly 11 months.

3rd period
Wild trails 4-2 early in the third. I haven't really been able to watch much of the game. Trying to track down some people to help out post-game with some Kurtis Foster footage. The Wild needs a nice third period comeback here.

And has that comeback begun? With Harding off for a delayed penalty, former King Eric Belanger pokes a puck near side inside the post to draw the Wild within a goal. Can the Wild rally from a multiple-goal deficit for the second time in as many games? We'll see. Andrew Brunette gets his second assist of the game, and Dan Fritsche gets the second assist. It's 4-3 Kings.


The Wild will have to penalty kill a Kurtis Foster minor before finishing this comeback. I've got to head downstairs soon. I'll talk to everyone from the road between LA and Anaheim later today.

2nd period

The up and down play continues. An entertaining matinee thus far from downtown LA.

Niklas Backstrom's day ended two minutes ago, when Anze Kopitar beat him high for his 23rd goal of the season for a 3-2 Kings lead.


Cal Clutterbuck gets a minibreak, but Quick makes the save.


Kyle Quincey gets loose in the left circle and goes low to beat Niklas Backstrom for his fourth goal of the season, after a Wild turnover at the blueline. Foster was taking his first shift.


Kurtis Foster right back out there.

Foster is back to even. The man they call Cowboy, who battled the flu Thursday in San Jose, hops on a Andrew Brunette rebound and flips it by the Kings netminder for his team-leading 18th goal of the season. Foster was on the ice. Kim Johnsson with the second assist.

But the Kings answer right back to retake the lead, 2-1. Kyle Calder takes a long pass from Jack Johnson up the left wing side. He lets loose from inside the left circle, and the low shot beats Backstrom. It's Calder's eighth goal of the season.

End 1st period
Well that was interesting. A 2-2 tie after one in a period that saw just about everything. FS North interviewed Kurtis Foster, and I ran some stat sheets to Craig Leipold before coming back upstairs.

Pre-game warm-ups

There appear to be no changes to the Wild lineup, so Craig Weller, Kurtis Foster and Derek Boogaard remain scratched. This marks the first time the Wild has faced a Patrick O'Sullivan-less Kings team this season. LA is 3-0-0 against Minnesota this season and has never swept the Wild in a season series.

I just spent some time walking around Staples Center. This place really is amazing. I delivered some stuff to a suite that Craig Leipold is in today. They have three suite levels here, and it took me forever to find his, but I made it. Big food spread in there today. I ate a big breakfast and skipped the media meal, so if no one can find me during the second period...

I'll be back at game time.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. PST

Wild at Kings: Game preview

March 6, 2009
Reliving one of the more thrilling wins in a pro hockey career
I just met Mike, our trusty bus driver, who just got done dropping the Dallas Stars off at LAX. There were five out-of-town pro teams in here this weekend. The T-Wolves were at Staples Center last night, and the Indiana Pacers take on the Clippers tonight.

We're leaving for the arena at 10:45 a.m. local time. I was downstairs early today to get any ticket requests. The 1 p.m. start kind of throws a wrench into your regular routine.

Following today's game, we'll bus to Anaheim, where we'll stay for tomorrow's 5 p.m. PST game against the Ducks.

It doesn't look like Kurtis Foster will play today. Niklas Backstrom will be in net.

I'll check back in from Staples Center.

I'll be back with all the usual updates throughout the game.

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