Wilderness Walk 2-18-2013: The Morning Afterglow Edition

Stoner, Zucker, Kuemper celebrate after the Wild win over the Red Wings. - Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Your Minnesota Wild handed the Detroit Red Wings their 2nd straight loss. I certainly don't have a problem with that, and you shouldn't either (unless your a Detroit fan, but then you have bigger problems).

Good morning WILDerness, and what a beautiful morning it is! Man that felt good last night didn't it? After allowing a goal in the first and another 20 seconds into the 2nd, your Minnesota Wild squad showed they know not only how to score more than 1 goal, but how to net 3 in a very short period of time. Goals in bunches are exciting, contrary to belief withing the Wild locker room.

After a win like that I'm certainly ready to keep this momentum going, unfortunately we will have to wait until Thursday when the Wild travel to Edmonton to take on the Oilers. That's right, Thursday, that is 3 whole days off from games before we do this again. Perhaps Yeo could use the time to practice a few things that have been bugging everyone, but I digress.

The kids coming up from Houston have all looked fantastic! Kuemps got to bring a game puck home for his first career NHL win, congratulations kid! Zucker got his first NHL goal as well, and that puck will be sitting above his fireplace for a long while. Congratulations kid, keep putting those away, you'll make a lot of friends here that way! A big night for the youth of the Wild, and a much needed win. The win places us 1 point ahead of Edmonton in the division and in 2nd place, but still leaves us out of the playoff picture sitting in 10, though tied at 16 points with the 2 teams ahead of us.

So all is well and good in the State of Hockey, til Thursday at least. Lets get into some links now, what do ya say?

Wild News

Zucker scores first NHL goal, Kuemper wins first NHL game as Wild rallies to beat Detroit | StarTribune.com - Russo adds his thoughts to last nights come from behind victory.

Tom Powers: Late sub Darcy Kuemper comes up big in goal for Wild - TwinCities.com - Tom Powers weighs in on the Wild's big win last night.

Wild taps youngsters, gets promising results | StarTribune.com - The kids in the system, seems like an endless stream of talent coming up to Minnesota in the future.

Souhan: Goal Jason Zucker, with assists to his Las Vegas brothers | StarTribune.com - Souhan scribbles about Zucker being dragged to roller hockey as a kid in Vegas. Seems like it was a good idea.

Zucker's debut dazzles as he helps Wild to huge 3-2 home win over Detroit - The State of Hockey News with your game recap and a little bit about "Hockey Weekend America"

Myers: Youngster Jason Zucker brings 'shoot first' mentality to Wild | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Shoot first you say? Sounds nice, lets hope that attitude isn't beaten out of him.

Jason Zucker's first NHL goal helps lead Wild to win over Red Wings | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Congrats kid! Keep it up!

Tending the Fields

The Third Intermission: Weekend catch-up/look-ahead - A peak ahead for the Houston Aeros

Off the Trail

Video: Violent collision sidelines Rangers’ Powe | ProHockeyTalk - Powe collides with Capitals Matt Hendricks, things don't look good by the video.

Seven up, seven down: who are the real San Jose Sharks? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - What the fuck happened to the Sharks!?!?

Wade MacLeod suffers seizure on ice; AHL teams suspend game, as Brandon Manning tweets regret (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Absolutely scary moment on the ice at an AHL game. We here at HW wish MacLeod a speedy recovery.

NHL 3 Stars: Blackhawks still unbeaten in regulation; Dupuis leads Penguins over Sabres | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports - Will somebody stop the Blackhawks already!?!?!? WE GET IT, YOUR GOOD! SHEESH!

Alexsander Barkov’s sweet shootout goal | Backhand Shelf - Not sure what is more impressive, this 17-year old Alexsander Barkov's shootout goal, or the fact that he did it in a Nascar suit.

Ryan Miller absolutely robs James Neal | Backhand Shelf - If your a fan of goaltending, this is for you!

Jabs

Hockey Day in America: Jack Jablonski’s Road To Recovery | ProHockeyTalk - His determination has inspired Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and many others.

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