Kent Johnson and Shanta Balut, a lovely couple from Moose Lake, Minnesota, were married on the ice at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday ahead of the Minnesota Wild’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The bride wore a white Minnesota Wild sweater with BRIDE on the back. The groom wore a black Blackhawks jersey – which we suppose counts as formal wear in comparison to their other sweaters – with GROOM and the No. 65 on the back, because nothing conveys matrimonial respect and patience more than an Andrew Shaw reference.
Uh oh. There are only three games on the docket for Wednesday, but injuries are a factor in all of them. The Washington Capitals must now worry about underrated defenseman Matt Niskanen after he left tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with a lower-body injury. Niskanen took a shift to end the second period, only not to return, much like Andrej Sekera did in tonight’s Edmonton Oilers game. The Capitals blueliner got hurt after falling awkwardly following a collision with Radko Gudas, as you can see from the video above.
A mere 37 years ago — and really it feels like just yesterday — the United States played in a hockey game. It was called: an Olympic semifinal I mean the Miracle On Ice. Oh yeah, the United States of America back when it was really great was able to beat the Soviet Union (or “Russia” in today’s parlance) in a game without broader implications or the transference of anxieties.