Good morning Wilderness, and what a wonderful morning it is! Your Minnesota Wild vested defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, in their house last night. That my friends is a wonderful thing. The Wild were certainly out-played for large portions of the game, but were able to solve Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford for their largest offensive output since October 12th when they beat the Dallas Stars 5 - 1 at the X.
My absolute favorite moment from last nights game did not come from the game at all, but rather a very humorous gaffe courtesy of Michael Russo before the game. Video evidence provided by Russo is linked below, enjoy!
The Wild will welcome the Blackhawks to town on Monday for their second game against the champs in 3 nights. If they are outplayed once again, I'm thinking the outcome will not be the same. The Wild will need to find their possession game if they are going to have much hope holding back the always dangerous Blackhawks.
One completely off topic thing before we get to the links. Now I'm not a college football guy, and this is likely the product of the local team of prominence, the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers have basically been terrible since well before I was even born. The Gophers however managed to do something they had apparently not done in 53 years yesterday, beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Busting a slump like that will always deserve mention in my book, congrats to those kids for doing what nobody thought they could.
Backstrom helps Wild get revenge against Blackhawks | Star Tribune
Watch the video, Russo unknowingly rips Jim Cornelison. Hilarious!
Backstrom and timely scoring help Wild pull off huge 5-3 win over Chicago | State of Hockey News
Your period-by-period break down of last nights contest from our friends at State of Hockey News.
Postgame: Lots of thoughts after Wild's victory in Chicago | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Russo goes through some thoughts about the game.
Backstrom makes 33 saves as Wild beat Blackhawks 5-3 in playoff rematch - The Hockey News
In a night when the Wild were outplayed handily, they scored goals and won on the road. Corsi just hates this team, I'm convinced of it.
Blackhawks-Wild: Minnesota Wild goalie too tough for Chicago Blackhawks to solve in 5-3 setback - chicagotribune.com
And he's only our backup, man ... Had whoever our number 1 goalie started, he would have recorded a shutout and a hat trick!
Wild notes: Coyle could be back next week | Star Tribune
Coyle getting close is some good news!
Wild notes: Veteran Rupp continues to be sidelined by knee injury | Star Tribune
Mike Rupp is starting to feel better and should be back on the ice sometime next month.
With Injuries to the Wild D-corps, Is This Mathew Dumba's Moment?
Win an injury-plagued defensive corps, the Minnesota Wild may need Mathew Dumba now more than ever.
Off the Trail
Larry Robinson: ‘You question where our game is going sometimes’ | ProHockeyTalk
It does seem that we have a lot more shenanigans and goings on around the league lately. From line brawls in the pre-season to a questionable or outright dirty hits through the first 10 games.
Rick DiPietro signs with Carolina Hurricanes’ AHL team for tryout | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
DiPietro had his infamous 15-year, $67.5 million deal with the New York Islanders bought out in July, and he’ll be given $1.5 million annually for the next 16 years from the Islanders.
The NHL – The National Hypocrisy League | Sabres Hockey Central
A few very interesting points to be pulled out of this. It reminds me of the toe-pick days for us Wild fans a couple of seasons ago.
Video: Lecavalier’s hat trick leads Flyers over Islanders | ProHockeyTalk
Lecavalier has a giant night is helping to get the Flyers on track.
Erik Johnson interrupts interview to pet Ryan Wilson with his stick (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Ha! A team on a roll right now is obviously having a lot of fun on and off the ice.
Minnesota hockey goal celebration goes wrong (Video) - FanSided
This is why full face shields are a bad thing!