Wilderness Walk 4-16-2013: Some Things are More Important Edition

Alex Trautwig

"So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."" - Patton Oswalt via Facebook

Good morning Wilderness, well ... that's not entirely true today. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say, or how even to say it right now. I've never been the best with words, and there are probably a million people out there better suited to put to words the thoughts of yesterdays catastrophe in Boston. All the fun of cursing Norm Green's terrible name came to a grinding halt just before 2 pm central time when word started spreading through social media of the act of cowardice that had just taken place in Boston.

I've thought that perhaps I should just go about this walk and not focus on the events that rocked the Boston Marathon, why give the asshole(s) the time of day they are looking for. But how does one do that disservice to the innocent victims involved? My heart absolutely breaks knowing that Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and Children had their lives turned upside down yesterday. I'm not going to get into details, undoubtedly you've heard the numbers and ages of some of the victims. It just breaks my heart ...

My thoughts then turn to those first responders on scene. Those brave individuals who ran towards the mayhem, risking their own well being in an effort to help those in need. In times of great darkness you see true human nature shine through all the bullshit. You see strangers helping strangers, regardless of race, sex, religion, age, political ideals, nationality or personal wealth. You see the entire SB Nation banding together in support of the Boston area. We see the folks over at the Stanley Cup of Chowder hosting all hockey game threads last night in 4 massive posts, and hockey fans from all over SB Nation showing their support for the city of Boston. It was amazing to see everyone there to talk hockey, share their thoughts on the bombings and even getting along with their bad blood rivals. A giant thanks out to those folks at SCoC for hosting everyone last night.

It's days like yesterday that remind us of what is really important; Hockey is not one of those things. It is a luxury in life, a welcome distraction from the mundane details of the 40 hour work week. An escape from the every day stresses of life that sometimes seem overwhelming. It reminds us that nothing in this universe is more valuable than a life, and absolutely nothing holds less value than those that would try to take it. Our thoughts here and across SBN are with all those affected in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Respect

To all the first responders, the volunteers, the random strangers and anybody else who found themselves in the midst of chaos yesterday and put their own personal safety and lives at risk to help those victims.

Patton Oswalt: The Good Outnumber You And We Always Will
Comedian Patton Oswalt and his thoughts on yesterdays events in Boston.

Wild News

Jason Pominville scores twice, helping Wild get crucial win at Calgary | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Trading for PomPom was a horrible horrible move, expect an amnesty buyout this summer.

Pominville's 2-goal night propels Wild to 4-3 win in Calgary | The State of Hockey News
Your in depth period by period break down of last nights game.

Wild gets lots of big efforts and two big points in Calgary | StarTribune.com
A Russo Recap!

Cullen's quick return comes at perfect time for Wild | StarTribune.com
Praise be to Cullen!!!

Minnesota Wild: Charlie Coyle made first fight a family affair - TwinCities.com
With his entire family in town, cousins included, from Massachusetts, Charlie Coyle was ejected from the Wilds Saturday, April 13 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets 17 seconds into the contest.

NHL Awards Tracker: Ranking the Leading Candidates for the Calder Trophy | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report
#BrodinForCalder

Tending The Fields

Minnesota Wild: Matt Dumba promoted to Houston Aeros - TwinCities.com
Dumba55 heads to Houston.

Off The Trail

Boston-Ottawa NHL game postponed in wake of Boston Marathon explosions | Home Ice - SI.com
Because of some asshole(s) act of cowardice...

NHL 14 trailer will make you drool; new features include ‘HBO 24/7’-esque ‘Live The Life’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I don't get enough time to play the current version, but I'll be getting this one nonetheless.

Oilers fire general manager Tambellini - NHL News | FOX Sports on MSN
That's step 1, now they just need to get rid of everyone else.

It’s official: Predators have been eliminated from playoffs | ProHockeyTalk
Not a great start to the post-Ryan Suter era.

Devils coach on 10-game skid: ‘Absurd is a good word for it’ | ProHockeyTalk
Ouch ....

How Dallas Stars went from deadline sellers to playoff contenders | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Who the heck are these Dallas Stars? Do you remember just a short two weeks ago when the towel was thrown in on their season?

Niemi stops 35 shots, Sharks race by Phoenix in 2nd period for 4-0 win over Coyotes | StarTribune.com
Could of used a win there 'Yotes, thanks for putting up an effort...

Report: NHL requests in-person meeting with Ryan White | ProHockeyTalk
That opens the door for a suspension exceeding six games.

What We Learned: Which NHL general managers deserve to be fired? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Well, they got one of them right already.

Enemy News

For some odd reason, I can't seem to find anything about whatever team it is we play tonight ... strange. If you happen to come across it, proceed at your own risk. We do not condone or recommend speaking to those on the other side of the wall.

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