Wilderness Walk 12-3-2013: #Harding4Vezina Edition

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The Minnesota Wild finally won last night riding a red hot Josh Harding and shut out the Philadelphia Flyers. MORE PLEASE!

Josh Harding has continued his impressive run this season, earning his 3rd shut out and personal best 14th win on this young season. Despite the Minnesota Wild struggling to find goals throughout the early portions of last nights game they were able to muster up 2 goals in under a minute in the third period to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2 - 0 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

It sure has to feel nice to get that monkey off their back. Zach Parise must have had an extra helping of chocolate milk before the game (story on that in the links below). The Wild have today off as the X has been transformed into Margaritaville for a Jimmy Buffett concert. Practice on Wednesday as the Wild make preparations for a game against the red-hot Chicago Blackhawks this Thursday.

It sure would be nice to turn one win into two in a row come this Thursday, but it will not be easy. (are they ever for this squad?) Some fun stories to get you through your work day folks, so pour a cup of coffee and lets walk.

Wild News

Josh Harding notches 3rd shutout as Wild blanks Philadelphia 2-0 | Star Tribune
Russo's shutout edition of the game recap.

Harding earns 3rd shutout of the season as Wild pull out 2-0 win over Philadelphia | State of Hockey News
The State of Hockey recap, in all it's glory!

Minnesota Wild ride hot goalie, two late goals to win over Flyers - TwinCities.com
Chad Graff got the night off, so here is Andy Greder bringing you the paper from the East's gamer.

Pominville, Coyle score in 3rd to lift Wild to 2-0 win over Flyers - The Hockey News
Harding with his 3rd shutout of the season, #Harding4Vezina

Video: Harding’s diving save highlights Wild’s win | ProHockeyTalk
Because it was so beautiful, you'll want to watch it again, and again ...

PHOTO: Behold, the Minnesota Wild Parrothead sweater - CBSSports.com
Oh boy ... I'm not sure what to make of this one folks. These are mostly disgusting, so of course I must have one!

Zach Parise is fueled by chocolate milk (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
If you want to play in the NHL just like Zach Parise, drink chocolate milk.

Tending the Fields

Wild notes: Dumba slated for world juniors duty | Star Tribune
Matt Dumba will be playing for team Canada at the end of the month in the World Juniors.

First Round Bust: Louie Nanne commits to RPI
Little Louie making moves to break out of the shadow of his family name.

Off the Trail

Vote: Best High School Hockey Rink In Minnesota? " CBS Minnesota
If you don't know who to vote for, perhaps just write in the New Hope Ice Arena where they filmed the Mighty Ducks!

US Hockey Hall of Fame adds Doug Weight, Bill Guerin, Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason, Cindy Curley | Star Tribune
A tremendous honor for these guys, and well-earned. Congratulations guys!

Blues late comeback attempt falls short as they lose in L.A. | ProHockeyTalk
So the Blues can be beaten on the road.... huh ...

Monday's NHL Capsules - The Hockey News
Recaps from Monday nights NHL action.

NHL alternative standings 2013-14: What if regulation wins counted for 3 points? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
An interesting look at how little the standings would change with a 3 point regulation win. I like the premise of the idea, but until you get rid of the point for a OT/SO loss I will never be fully on board.

Avs goalie Varlamov allowed to remain free on bond while facing assault charge - The Hockey News
Patrick Roy's protegé remains a free man while he awaits his day before a judge.

With Bryzgalov hurt, Oilers recall LaBarbera | ProHockeyTalk
Just because we all like to laugh at the Oilers misfortune when given the opportunity!

Laxidasicle Meanderings

Is it Time for the NLL To Expand? | H4TV
Is it time for the NLL to shake things up and look to expanding to new cities?

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