CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 01: Josh Harding #37 of the Minnesota Wild stops a shot by Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on April 1, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 5-4 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Now onto the Hockeyness
- Wild rallies to win 11th shootout; Prosser faces suspension | StarTribune.com - The replay certainly looks bad though. As I wrote, my guess is Chay Genoway is recalled and will make his NHL debut in Saturday's finale vs. Phoenix if Prosser is suspended. I'm told it's very doubtful Clayton Stoner will be able to return.
- Déjà vu: Hawks fall in shootout after power play struggles - The Blackhawks got off to a fast start against the not-playoff-bound Wild, outshooting them 7-1 at one point. Mayers’ shot slipped through Josh Harding for the 1-0 lead in the first. But later in the first Nate Prosser head butted Mayers, which sent Prosser to the showers and put the Blackhawks on a five-minute power play. They didn’t get a shot on it in the first 1:45, and never really made a serious threat on it at the start of the second period.
- Wild closing out season strong, beat Blackhawks 2-1 in shootout - TwinCities.com - For whatever reason, the Wild's four games against the Chicago Blackhawks this season have served as milestones in the team's goofy 2011-12 season.
- Wild Vs. Blackhawks: Minnesota Reaches .500 With Shootout Win - SB Nation Minnesota - Cal Clutterbuck tied the game in the third period with less than four minutes remaining to force overtime. After the scoreless overtime period, Devin Setoguchi provided the lone goal in the shootout.
- Rapid Reaction: Wild 2, Hawks 1 - Chicago Blackhawks Blog - ESPN Chicago - In all they had 11 minutes of power play time but failed to score while Minnesota tallied on just three minutes. With the playoffs approaching it could be a major factor in the Hawks success or failure. The Hawks were eliminated from the No. 4 seed with the loss.
- Wild slip past Chicago in shootout | Fox News - The Wild improved to 24-13-5 this season when they don't allow a power-play goal
- Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild - Recap - April 05, 2012 - ESPN Chicago - Cal Clutterbuck's tying tip-in with 3:12 left in regulation and Devin Setoguchi's shootout goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 victory over Chicago on Thursday, and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville lamented afterward a performance by his team he called "too casual."
- Defensemen shouldering heavy load for Wild - Despite Prosser's objection that he hadn't done anything on purpose, that Mayers sold the move as a head butt – "He acted like teeth were knocked out and everything," Prosser said. "I felt bad at the time, but looking at it, he was back the next shift." – it still could have been a momentum-changer. That's true any night, but it's especially worrisome when the Minnesota defense was as shorthanded as it already was on Monday.
- Nate Prosser of Minnesota Wild to have hearing for head-butt on Jamal Mayers of Chicago Blackhawks - ESPN Chicago - Wild defenseman Nate Prosser will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday over his head-butt on Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers in Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win Thursday.
- Wild defenseman Prosser ejected for headbutt on Blackhawks’ Mayers; how many games? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Mayers had opened the scoring earlier in the frame, and Prosser was partly to blame for the goal, losing his check. Was this frustration boiling over?
Tending the Fields
- NCAA Frozen Four: Can Ferris State stop the Boston College juggernaut for title? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - And now Minnesota, poor Minnesota. It's almost cruel that BC gave them some measure of hope in this game.
Beyond the Wilderness
- Watch Sharks’ Clowe break up an odd-man rush from the bench (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Said Kings governor Tim Leiweke, "It's a shame that a guy can cheat and get away with it in a game this important.''