I talked to the hotel concierge and found out that St. Paul is about 15/20 mins away from Minneapolis. He also informed me that scalping is legal here. Bingo! I threw my boots on and hopped in a cab. 20 mins later, I stepped out of the cab, found a scalper and he was more than willing to split a pair of tickets. He had tickets 4 rows off the ice, located more or less "center ice". Face value on the ticket was $80+. I paid $60 and waltzed into the arena.
Why not root for the Wild? I have no loyalty towards Minnesota. Actually, I really don't have any allegiance to the Sharks either. However, I do remember meeting George Gund III at the Cleveland Cavaliers' holiday party many, many years ago and I recall that he held a minority interest in the team, until 2002. I like the Gunds. They are Cleveland natives. Further, it didn't hurt that I checked the standings before I left the hotel and the San Jose Sharks have been on a 5 game losing streak, so it was "time" for them to win. I like rooting for winners.