After spending the weekend in the Twin Cities, it was time to see what we came for = the game. Here are the photo highlights.
Long walk for us across the street from our hotel to the game... ;-)
Patrick, always prepared for thuggin' it.
I walk inside, and wouldn't you know it = Sandy Pavelski gives me a high five for wearing her son's jersey.
This is exactly one row in front of our seats (thanks again to Marsha, Mazy, and Mitch for the MN hook up).
He still gets a pass in my book since his team ruined Vancouver's hopes and dreams.
Brent Burns, back in his old stomping grounds for the second and final time this season.
Andrew Desjardins, making it cool to wear #69 again.
Torrey Mitchell, ladies man.
Captain Jumbo Joe Thornton
Tommy Wingels is smooth... and would pot the first goal of the night.
Greg Zanon of the Minnesota Wild, soon to find out that he was dealt to the favorite team of Mr. Oblivious up above.
Devin Setoguchi, who is missed in San Jose.
Jed Ortmeyer, who is, um.... well, we admired your willingness to risk your life to play hockey in San Jose.
Cal Clutterbuck, owner of the coolest name in hockey.
We weren't the only Sharks fans in attendance.
The Minnesota ladies prefer Cal Clutterbuck and Devin Setoguchi.
Dany Heatley, also missed in San Jose (but not in Ottawa).
Kurtis Foster, in his first game back in Minnesota following a trade from New Jersey. I was honestly wondering if he didn't get traded in time for Torrey Mitchell to break his leg again. Fortunately that wouldn't happen tonight.
Recently retired Minnesota Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser says, "Let's play hockey!"
Patrick hates Antti Niemi more than anyone I know, and I was sick of seeing him play horribly on the road trip, so we were glad that the second night in a back-to-back road game swing called for our backup Thomas Greiss being in net.
Todd McLellan would be coaching his last game for a few days... see below.
We were up against Niklas Backstrom in net for Minnesota.
Tonight would be the final game in Minnesota for longtime Wild defenseman Nick Schultz, who would be traded to Edmonton the following day at the deadline.
Logan Couture, Benn Ferriero, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Ryane Clowe and Dan Boyle during the national anthem.
Faceoff in our defensive zone.
Wooooo, a quick goal by Tommy Wingels makes it 1-0 early. Joe Thornton would strike shortly thereafter to make it 2-0. We were loving life...
Warren Peters of the Wild.
Aw, let 'em play...
Jamie McGinn was playing in his last game as a Shark, as he would be dealt the next day to Colorado.
Cal Clutterbuck scores after going coast-to-coast to cut the Wild' deficit in half.
That's all right Greiss, keep it up...
Seto looked so much better in teal.
Crap - Nick Schultz ties the game at two. Funny enough, it was his first goal of the season and final one as a member of the Wild.
This was all I could see of the horrible freak accident that concussed San Jose coach Todd McLellan. Jamie McGinn checked Minnesota's Marco Scandella into the boards, causing Scandella's stick to hit T-Mac squarely in the eyes.
We had to text the folks back home to see what was happening. Our reward for being concerned was getting on CSN TV.
The good news about having kids in front of you is you can see over them. The bad news is that they love to pound the glass whenever someone skates by.
A tied game meant that we were stressed about making our flight home. Game time was at 5pm, my flight was 9pm. Overtime would make this a risky situation.
Oh well, time to destress with Minnesota's beloved cheese curds. Yuck...
Wooooo, Brent Burns exacts his revenge upon Minnesota to make it 3-2.
POOP, Matt Cullen had to tie up the game six minutes later.
UNBELIEVABLE - about a minute later, Jed-freakin-Ortmeyer pots the eventual game winner. It was his first NHL goal in roughly 2 calendar years.
Good time to be a Wild fan... not so much for us, however.
Well, at least we might not miss our flight now... (whimper)
Joe Pavelski takes one more faceoff for his mom in the audience.
We watched the final seconds from up on high so we could run back to our hotel, grab our luggage and a cab, and hightail it to MSP to fly home. Made it to work the following day like a normal Monday. :-)
Coming up = I'm tired of the Sharks losing, so I'm actually going to post photos of one of their last victories. Stay tuned.