Team Lidstrom wins 11-10, Havlat with 3 assists, Burns with 1.


Hope you saw Kent Youngblood's feature on Brent Burns in Sunday's paper. If not, here it is

Also, here's my Sunday Insider on Charles Barkley and Michael Strahan crashing the Wild's rookie dinner in Chicago last Sunday. Some funny stuff in there, especially what Strahan kept calling Andrew Brunette, the veteran of 999 NHL games who will play his 1,000th Tuesday against Los Angeles.



Cody Almond, Barkley, Strahan

Almond is back down with the Houston Aeros right now, and how about the Aeros? They ushered in the AHL All-Star break with a shootout win over Abbotsford and now are in a three-way tie for first place in the Western Conference (60 points) with Milwaukee and San Antonio.

The Aeros went 10-2-0-1 in January, 5-0-0-1 at home. The Aeros have won eight of their last 11 overall and have points in seven consecutive home games (6-0-0-1) dating back to Dec. 26. Max Noreau is in the All-Star Game on Monday in Hershey.

Finally, the NHL All-Star Game is upon us. Brent Burns will be taking part in his first and Martin Havlat his second this afternoon at 3 p.m. CST. The game will be on Versus, and both Wild players will be wearing their usual jersey numbers, only blue jerseys for Team Lidstrom.

Havlat scored two goals and an assist in his first All-Star Game (2007 in Dallas).

Last night, Burns shot 98.4 mph in the hardest shot contest, but Zdeno Chara broke his own record with a blast of 105.9 to win for a fourth straight All-Star Weekend.


Player; Year; Stats
Marian Gaborik; 2003 (Sunrise, Fla.); 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points
Filip Kuba; 2004 (Minnesota); 0 points
Dwayne Roloson; 2004 (Minnesota); 19 minutes, 3.16 gaa
Brian Rolston; 2007 (Dallas); 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points, plus-5
Marian Gaborik; 2008 (Atlanta); 1 goal
Niklas Backstrom; 2009 (Montreal); 17 saves on 21 shots
The Wild players, most of which left town for the All-Star break, should start trickling back into town today. Practice resumes at the X on Monday at 2 p.m.