Good day to you Wilderness. As you all know thanks to Bryan's spooky pre-made post that posted AFTER his departure, he's gone fishing and he left me his smelly, smelly walking shoes so that I can do the Walk for a few days. I'll try to make the most of this to take ov-, er I mean fill his enormous shoes with the bitterness and snarkiness we've all come to tolerate from him.
As you also know thanks to Bryan's antics, yesterday was my birthday. Thanks for the wishes and gifts everyone, from the bottom of my heart, you made my day that much better!
And yes, I know of Canada's ugly collapse against the Russians... I'm prepared to face the music.
Now, let's talk about the Wild! The Wild play the Boston Bruins, the toughest team in the league to score against, 2 days after barely beating the worst team in the league only because they have the worst luck in the history of anything. It will be interesting to see if the Wild, who already have enough trouble scoring as it is, can actually score a goal tonight. Seeing as the Wild are but 2 points out of a playoff spot, it looks like it will be another painfully close race for the Wild, but let's hope they don't stumble this time around. I'd like for the Wild to make the playoffs before I turn 40.
Make sure to visit the Hockey Wilderness Facebook Page for the Question of the day, also done by yours truly for the next few days. Have a great day y'all!
Zidlicky decision coming soon; Burns' new colorful toque; More on Ortmeyer; Rolston signing proves flaw with NHL free agency | StarTribune.com - Yes, this is a bit late, but a lot of us missed it somehow. The Wild signed Jed Ortmeyer to a 1-year deal. Russo also talks about Rolston, because he's big news now thanks to that Lou Lamoriello fellow.
Healthy Burns takes another leap forward | StarTribune.com - Where would the Wild be without Burnsie right now? More importantly, where would he be had he stayed healthy the last few years?
Wild hits the Ivy League for some schooling | StarTribune.com - Talking about the Wild and their college education and whatnot. Oh, Russo makes fun of the Bostonian accent. Good fun.
On 6-2-1 run, Minnesota Wild players sense tide is turning their way - TwinCities.com - Happy the Wild feel good, because beating the worst team in the NHL thanks to a flukey goal is not what I call being on the right track. Sorry, but I want more.
Hitting The Post: Penguins dominate; Will Vancouver ever lose? - Malkin's nifty goal has been overshadowed by the fact that Crosby only scored one point and Stamkos busted a tire on the penalty shot. Also, Vancouver is tops in the league now. Ugh...
Off the Trail
Panarin scores twice, Russia rallies to stun Canada 5-3 in world junior title game | StarTribune.com - Here is a little quote from Ryan Ellis: '' We stopped skating, we stopped working hard''. Sorry Tom. At least these kids learned a valuable lesson and they will probably never, ever give less than 60 minutes of Sorry Tom per game.
United States earns bronze medal with 4-2 win over Sweden at World Junior Championships | StarTribune.com - Funny, I think getting bronze is better than silver, because the USA won the bronze, whereas Canada lost the gold. It was a pretty exciting game.