Morning from Seattle airport, where the Starbucks tastes better than anywhere else in the world.
Anton Khudobin was returned to Houston this morning. Huge performances from Khudobin, but Niklas Backstrom is back and Jose Theodore (hip) will practice hard tomorrow in San Jose and should back up Backstrom against the Sharks.
Khudobin went 2-1 in four appearances (three starts) with a .942 save percentage and 1.59 goals against average. One shutout, too, and he won his last two starts.
The Wild's traveling to San Jose today and will not practice, so talk to you from tomorrow afternoon's practice.
But some cool tidbits from last night:
--6-0 win tied franchise record for largest margin of victory (4th 6-0 win in team history) and largest margin of victory since a 6-0 win vs. Vancouver 10/12/05
--Clayton Stoner set career-high with +3 rating.
--Greg Zanon set season-high with +3 rating which also ties career-high set two other times.
--Matt Cullen on a three-game point streak (2-3--5) his longest point streak since Oct. 14-21 (4 games).
--John Madden tied season-highs with two points and +2 rating.
--Chuck Kobasew tied season-highs with two points and +2 rating.
--Andrew Brunette on a four-game point streak (3-2--5) tying season-high. Also tallied his 250th career NHL goal Tuesday night in Edmonton.
--Kyle Brodziak set new career-high with 3 assists and tied season-best with +3 rating.
--Cal Clutterbuck set career-high with +3 rating. Skated in 200th NHL game
--Martin Havlat tied season-highs with three points and +3 rating. Recorded 200th career NHL goal.
--Jared Spurgeon logged career-high 17:38 in ice time.
--Niklas Backstrom’s 37 saves is the highest number of saves made in his 21 career shutouts.
--Brad Staubitz assist, 9-plus minutes 2 games in a row.
Wanted to throw this on here, but Greg Wyshynski, the editor of Yahoo's Puck Daddy, embedded the video of Greg Zanon tweaking Cal Clutterbuck's nose on Clutterbuck's career-high 14th goal last night. Quotes from the two of them are in my game storyright here. Here's the link to the video. It's funny.
OK, gotta go. I've got a connection so many terminals away, I may need to rent a car to get there