Wednesday, December 9, 2009

One and Done: Backstrom, Wild zero-out Avs

Just after the Minnesota Wild were done with a winning streak, the teams' health began to fail between Monday in Phoenix, and tonight's game in Denver versus the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche, as it turned out, were just the tonic the Wild needed.

Antti Miettinen's goal, 5:57 into the game stood up as a national Versus TV audience, (except for DirecTV viewers) saw the Wild win 1-0, before a paltry 11,435 at Pepsi Center. Miettinen's goal, helped by Niklas Backstrom's 23-save shutout, his first of the season, made sure the Wild would not repeat their performance of the previous five-game road trip, when they came home with no wins at all. They now have an opportunity to make the road trip a .500 affair with one point, either Friday or Saturday, as the road trip retreats to the frigid (-35) climes of Western Canada. The victory now makes the Wild 4-0 against the Avs, with two games remaining in their divisional six-game series.

With only one goal, and that not on a power play, there's really nothing else left to say, so let's mention the Next Game: at Calgary, Friday, Dec. 11, Pengrowth Saddledome. Wild TV: FSNorth (includes FSWisconsin); Flames TV: Rogers SportsNet-West (in HD); XM Radio, Ch. 237), and let's hope the flu bug has left the team by then.

-- WRT

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