Good morning wilderness, and a beautiful morning it is indeed! If you were able to stay awake last night you were treated (or tortured) to an overtime shootout win, on the road nonetheless. It marks the Wild's first road victory of the season in just 5 attempts. Wes Walz tweeted this last night:
no such thing as an ugly Win.....
no such thing as an ugly Win.....— Wes Walz (@walz3737) February 12, 2013
While I'm forced to agree with you Mr. Walz, I must say that their is such a thing as an ugly game. Last nights show in Calgary showed us just how bad one team can make another look. Kudos to the Wild for making Calgary look bad. At any rate, your Minnesota Wild were awarded 2 points at the end of the contest and have now won 2 in a row in consecutive overtime games. These points they are giving up in OT/SO wins could come back to haunt them. Though I wouldn't much worry about it from the likes of the Flames, the Predators however could be problematic in the very near future.
Tonight the Wild move their mini tour of western Canada on to the beautiful (when their citizens aren't rioting a loss) city of Vancouver where they face off against the Canucks. Hope you have the coffee ready, its going to be a late night once again as the western time zone is prepped and ready to bite you firmly in the ass. The Wild are 28-27-5-9 all-time against the Canucks, lets hope we are given a reason to stay awake tonight. Lets get into the links, shall we?
Parise, Koivu find back of net in shootout as Wild end road skid | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
It was ugly, it went to a shootout, but Parise and Koivu dazzle on near identical shootout moves.
Koivu's 500th game a memorable one as he buries a goal in the shootout to give Wild a 2-1 shootout win over Calgary
State of Hockey News gives you a period by period by period by overtime by shootout breakdown of last nights contest.
Wasn't pretty, but a win's a win for the Wild | StarTribune.com
Russo recaps last nights shootout win in Calgary.
VIDEO: Wild Captain Mikko Koivu Talks 500th Game | KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul
Koivu talks 500, and what it means to him.
Koivu celebrates 500th career game | StarTribune.com
Mikko Koivu remembers his first NHL game like it was yesterday
Wild vs. Flames: Setoguchi removes his own tooth after high stick - SBNation.com
In case you missed it last night, the Youtube's never blinking eye sees all!
Wild-Vancouver game preview | StarTribune.com
Short preview of tonight's action in Vancouver.
Why I Am Not Panicking...Yet | The Wild Blog - KFAN Sports Radio FM 100.3 - The Fan
Refreshing when some folks are not mashing on the panic button ... yet.
Tending the Fields
Rockford IceHogs: New team, same ol’ Jake Dowell - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star
Jake Dowell giving Konopka a run for his money in the stitches department.
Ryan Ginand heads back to Houston | Official Website of the Orlando Solar Bears
Houston Aeros recall Ryan Ginand from Solar Bears
Jackson Named Rookie Of The Week | Swarm Blog - KFAN Sports Radio FM 100.3 - The Fan
For consecutive weeks, Swarm rookies honored.
Off the Trail
Minnesota Sports News - KFAN Sports Radio FM 100.3 - The Fan
Calling this the "greatest thing" you've ever seen maybe a massive overstatement, but this is still pretty good.
Here’s an actual video of an actual ref actually fighting an actual player in Russia | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Maybe, instead of getting rid of fighting, we should expand it! YEAH!!!! Well, on second thought that's probably not a good idea....
Mikhail Grabovski won’t be suspended for biting Max Pacioretty, and that’s fine | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
Grabovski gets a meal for free.
Blues goaltending woes; Fasel burns Bettman; horse men the new green men? (Puck Headlines) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
SB Nation gets a name drop highlighting Concussion Monday. Big thanks to all who participated and our very own Emilie for putting the whole thing together.
Oilers waive Hordichuk | ProHockeyTalk
A turtle gets his walking papers.
Your 2014 Olympic Hockey teams are set.
Watching TV sport is just horse play on ice - Telegraph
So, what do the British think of our little sport on ice?
Canucks notes: Roberto Luongo to get the call against Wild
Looks like Loogy between the pipes tonight, this could end well! If we can just break that pesky shutout streak he has at home against us ....
Inside The Game: Canucks play host to Wild
Game preview from a bunch of writers who think its spelled "defence" or "colour"
Matt Kassian Video – Puck For A Buck | Defending The Blue Line Blog
A good reason to go to Gander.