It’s NHL playoff time and for the first time in five years, the Minnesota Wild boys are off the golf courses and still on the ice. Yeah.
So I sit down with my dinner; a glass of wine; listen to a chill bump rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and here we go! Only we’re going without our starting goalie. Huh?
Starting goaltender (and Finnlander) Niklas Backstrom looked fine in warm ups until this happened. It looks as if he tweaked his groin, maybe an ‘Ahmstring? Who knows. What we do know? Bad timing.
For those of us who’ve been competing long enough, we know that feeling. Gearing up for the big game or big event and boom, a bicep tendon; an ‘Ahmstring; an achilles rupture changes everything. Our very narrow focus suddenly takes a sharp right turn. It is physically and mentally shocking. To do it on a National or World stage is even more so.
Josh Harding, the back up goaltender who was diagnosed with M.S. last summer was stellar in the net throughout the 2-1 Wild overtime loss to Chicago. So as Wild fans, we’re fine. No word on Backstrom yet, hopefully we’ll see him again this season.
The sauna- a poor mans pharmacy.