Good morning Wilderness, and what a beautiful morning it happens to be! The sun is out (and if its not it should be), spring is in the air, and your Minnesota Wild are officially in 1st place in the Northwest Division, which makes us a shoe in for 3rd overall in the Western Conference. Yup, things are looking pretty good around here these days, and that is fantastic. Lets take a little peek-see at the past couple days, shall we?
Your weekend with nothing more than some boys State High School Hockey Tournament on Thursday and Friday finishing up with the Championship games for Class A and Class AA on Saturday. Crowning 2 champions in the Edina Hornets for Class AA and St. Thomas Academy earned their 3rd straight Class A title.
Saturday brought us a little life on the road as the Minnesota Wild strolled in to Nashville looking to do anything different than how they normally perform on the road. Now they did give up a point as this game required a shootout, but with these guys you just have to get excited about walking out of someone else's home with 2 shiny new points. And not to mention they scored more than 1 goal in this game, who-da-thunk-it? Yet their was no time to celebrate. The guys needed to get home and back on the ice on Sunday to cap off your hockey drenched weekend.
Sunday brought us a lot of cold wet weather and the equally miserable to deal with Vancouver Canucks. I am however pleased to inform you the next divisional game we play against these guys, will be our last regular season meeting as division "rivals". Your Wild jumped on the Canucks early, Parise just 24 seconds into the contest. Your Wild would build their lead to 3 - 0 briefly before the Canucks spoiled the party. The Wild, with the help of Pitbull not allowing the party to stop, would go on to win 4 - 2 in regulation against a divisional "rival". Just the kind of love needed to plant us on top in the Northwest Division, and 3rd in the Western Conference.
Don't stop the party ...
Wild Party News
Minnesota Wild wins, moves to top of division | StarTribune.com - Russo breaks it all down for your Northwest Division Party Leading Minnesota Wild.
Wild 4, Canucks 2: Zach Parise leads Minnesota to first-place tie - TwinCities.com - The St. Paul paper would like to chime in on this party as well!
Parise's big night powers Wild to 4-2 win over Canucks | March | 2013 Articles - Your tried and true, period by period break down of last nights festivities.
Myers: Wild pounce early, make several statements in smashing Canucks | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - Yup, 4 statements, and 2 points. I'll take a the points over a statement match any day.
Players happy visors not mandatory | StarTribune.com - I don't get the issue, but then again I'm not out there playing hockey for money.
Partying in the Fields
Big third period lifts Aeros over Checkers - Houston Chronicle - Your boys down in Houston putting in some work as well.
Houston Aeros Get Win Number 30 in Charlottesville - Gone Puck Wild - You want Aeros game recaps? You got Aeros game recaps!!!
Solar Bears fall 6-1 in Trenton - OrlandoSentinel.com - The Solar Bears fall apart early, and often ...
Brooks springs revenge in overtime as Hitmen defeat rival Rebels - Dumba taking some rough penalties it seems.
Next party scheduled for March 16, 7pm at the X.
Alternate Party Trail
Blackhawks suffer second straight regulation loss despite rally | ProHockeyTalk - When that regression hits ya ... Man, its like, POW! Ton of brinks right to the berries ...
Edmonton Oilers score 4 times in first, hang on to beat Chicago Blackhawks 6-5 | StarTribune.com - This is what all that Corsi gets them? An occasional win?
Matt Duchene's last-second goal in overtime lifts Avalanche to 3-2 win over Sharks | StarTribune.com - Current divisional "rival". Future divisional "rival".
Malkin update: Penguins estimate he’ll be out 1-2 weeks | ProHockeyTalk - This guys just can't stay on the ice this year. I hope this one is not related to his prior concussion.
It's time to recognize top performers at halfway mark of NHL season - latimes.com - At the halfway point, we examine this seasons top performers. A Wild player gets a mention. Also some talk of Sochi, Getzlaf, and a Dodger Stadium Winter Classic.
Gretzky thinks Crosby is best all-around player in the game | Backhand Shelf - Yea! Well, what the hell would he know about it?