ST. PAUL, Minn. It almost looks like a misprint when you look at the box score from Tuesday's game between Minnesota and Chicago. But there it is, by Wild defenseman Ryan Suter's name, and it is not a typo.
Suter played 41:08 in the Wild's 2-1 overtime loss in Game 1, nearly seven minutes more than the next-highest total for Minnesota fellow defenseman Jonas Brodin, who skated for 34:20.
The next day, the 28-year-old Suter was back at the Xcel Energy Center along with several of his teammates, even though the Wild didn't practice Wednesday. It was almost as if he had to prove he could still walk after playing 41 minutes in a playoff game.
"I just tell everyone I'm a good glider," Suter joked Wednesday. "You don't think about it. You're just going out and playing. I enjoy playing a lot of minutes. I feel the more you play, the more you're into the game, so it might be easier than somebody who doesn't play as much."