Wild scramble to find equipment

December 20, 2009

Wild defenseman Nick Schultz put on shoulder pads he bought for $200 at a local store. Goaltender Niklas Backstrom wore a catching glove with burn marks across it, and backup goalie Josh Harding had an old facemask with the wrong number.

A day after a small fire destroyed most of their equipment, the Wild were back at work Saturday for a pregame skate. They played the Senators at night.

No one was hurt in the fire, which broke out Friday in the back of a van carrying the team's gear after an afternoon practice. No cause has been determined.

"It's just unbelievable," forward Andrew Brunette said, his teammates busy cutting and taping new sticks.

"Your first thought is to make sure everybody was OK, obviously, but I never thought it was as serious as it was."

AP

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