Wilderness Walk 4-8-2013: Everything's Fine Edition

Kirk Irwin

The Minnesota Wild snap their 3 game losing streak in Columbus and spoil former Wild first round draft pick Marion Gaborik's home debut by shutting out the Blue Jackets.

G'day Wilderness, hope your all well rested and ready for the work week! Hopefully your day is going better than mine (presumably). I've spent my weekend tending to 2 sick children, which can only mean 1 thing, my turn is next. So chances are I'll be sitting at my desk, minding my own business trying to look busy when the ceiling will come crashing down on top of me. I noticed (as of this writing) you were robbed of a game recap yesterday, my apologies folks, I will attempt to walk you through the game as I saw it.

They dropped the puck for the first and a bunch of hockey was played, nobody scored and overall I found it rather dull. The first period was followed by a nap, probably about an hour and a half worth of uninterrupted sleep. I awoke in the 3rd period where we were up 2 - 0 and I had a sick kid laying restlessly on me. I vaguely noticed we scored again, the final horn sounded and the sick kids went into their getting ready for bed routine.

Here are some links to pass your time and explain the game in a lot more detail than I could.

Wild News

Jason Pominville rewards 'fan club' with goal, assist in win at Columbus - Minnesota Wild news | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities – PomPom gets his first points in a Minnesota Wild sweater helping the team shutout the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Wild 3, Blue Jackets 0 - Yahoo! Sports - It was the type of win the Minnesota Wild desperately needed, the kind of loss Columbus simply cannot afford.

Wild 3, Blue Jackets 0: Minnesota ends three-game skid - TwinCities.com - The Wild scored two power-play goals and Niklas Backstrom stopped all 24 shots he faced as Minnesota cruised to its first victory in four games.

Wild gets big win in Columbus; Dany Heatley to undergo shoulder surgery | StarTribune.com - Michael Russo with his take on yesterdays game, and Heater's surgery.

Shoulder surgery could speed Heatley's return | StarTribune.com - Oh yea, Heater is going to Cleveland for surgery (famous last words).

A Hockey Writer’s Message to Minnesota Wild Fans - Gone Puck Wild - Don't Panic.

Wild Live Chat with Michael Russo at 2 p.m. Monday | StarTribune.com - You can chat with Michael Russo today!!!

Tending The Fields

The Third Intermission: Aeros Bite Bulldogs, Take 2-0 Win - Aeros win their third straight game in a shutout over the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Playoff Game Day: Calgary Hitmen at Red Deer Rebels - Mathew Dumba and the Red Deer Rebels are down 2 - 0 in the Conference Semi-Finals. Game 3 is tonight, here's a little preview.

Wild inks Gophers' leading scorer Erik Haula to entry-level deal | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities - In other news of things seen coming a mile a way, the sun came up today too.

First Round Bust: Haula Haula - A few notes on some of the kids out their besides Haula. Quick read, you have no excuses.

Off The Trail

Maple Leafs, Red Wings to play in 2014 Winter Classic | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com - Its a go, assuming their is a season.

Dodger Stadium Winter Classic? NHL wants multiple outdoor games | Puck Daddy - The sheer logistics of an outdoor hockey game in a town where they complain about lows in the 50's baffles me to no end...

NHL looking to expand on ‘European business plan’ | Puck Daddy - More outdoor games and more international games as well? Remember when the Wild started their season in Finland a couple years ago? Wanna do it again, and again, and again ....

Gary Bettman on Coyotes sale: more interest than ever before | Puck Daddy - Similar to how I became with the lockout, I won't believe it till I see it. This sale has been so up and down it would be a miracle if it happened.

Mike Smith takes out his anger on opponent’s stick | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com - ME SMASH!

Gerbe seals Sabres 3-2 SO win over skidding New Jersey Devils | StarTribune.com - The Devils have now lost 7 straight games. Panic button?

Blackhawks are 1st team to clinch NHL playoff spot, beat Predators 5-3 | StarTribune.com - Jerks ....

Benn's shootout goal helps Stars snap Sharks 7-game winning streak with 5-4 comeback victory | StarTribune.com
I believe a thank you is in order. Thanks and fuck Norm Green.

Elliott stops 28 shots, Porter scores to lift Blues to 1-0 win over Red Wings | StarTribune.com - Brian Elliott made 28 saves for his 19th career shutout and Chris Porter scored the game's only goal.

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