Theodore has one guy's back, but not three
Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
Thanks to the Blackhawks losing to Detroit earlier in the day, a Wild regulation or overtime loss to Dallas would send the Stars to the playoffs. A Wild victory would send Chicago.
Who'd the Wild help?
"I've never been more excited after a hockey game in my life that I didn't participate in," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I was acting like a 2-year-old ... celebrating his birthday."
The Wild won 5-3, in large part because Jose Theodore, who played for Quenneville in Colorado, made 26 saves and ruined the day of two of his best friends, Stars players Stephane Robidas and Mike Ribeiro.
"Coach Q in Chicago, he knows I have his back," Theodore said.
And what about Robidas and Ribeiro?
"Warmups, they were trying to bribe me and everything, offering me money," Theodore said. "During the game, Ribeiro kept telling me he needed one, he only had 19 goals. Every time I was making a save, especially at the end against [Brenden] Morrow, I just looked at Ribeiro.
"I'll bug those guys in the summer."
Brad Staubitz, Jared Spurgeon, Colton Gillies and Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored for the Wild, and in perhaps his final game with the Wild, free-agent-to-be and former Stars winger Antti Miettinen broke a 3-3 tie with the eventual winning goal against his old team.
Coach Todd Richards said the Wild was motivated by the drama, but as Andrew Brunette said after possibly his final game with Minnesota, "It never feels good to be a spoiler. Trust me, you'd rather be in [the playoffs]."
Theodore to weigh options
Theodore won his 15th game and the former Hart Trophy winner hopes he'll be a No. 1 somewhere next season.
"I think I did everything I had to do to have some options for next year," said Theodore. "I had a great time here."
If he can't find a No. 1 job, Theodore said, "For me, the door is still open [to return]. I'll see my options."