Huge night. We have an official stance on last night's game here. Here are, quickly, my thoughts.
I'm too impressed that this was a close game to begin with to be all that disappointed that they didn't win. But I should be disappointed.
Here's the Walk:
Wild notes: Youngsters, and those not so young, make playoff debuts | StarTribune.com- The Wild's youngins, Pominville's status, and what Bruno is doing now.
Souhan: Harding fills in amazingly for injured Backstrom | StarTribune.com- Souhan breaks his cardinal rule: If you have something nice to say, don't say it at all. But what a game for Josh Harding.
Tom Powers: Series takes weird start for Wild - TwinCities.com- It was indeed weird. I didn't think they'd take it to Chicago on the road. Too bad they came empty-handed.
Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (8): Puck Daddy’s NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview- A series preview for you to consume.
First Round Bust: Thinking Aloud About The Playoff Series. (A preview, if you will)- First Round Bust has given us another one.
Series Preview, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild | The Hockey Writers : The Hockey Writers- Another series preview for your consumption.
NHL 2013 Playoffs: Three Keys To Minnesota Wild Upset : The Hockey Writers- Are these as good as our five keys? You decide! (But really, it's ours. Sorry, bros.)
Do You Remember The First Time?-The Minnesota Wild's Post-Season History (Part 1)- Ger gives us a Minnesota Wild playoff retrospective. You go 1/3 in terms of happy memories.
Minnesota Wild: 2012-13 Regular Season Review | The Hockey Writers : The Hockey Writers- Sheng Peng wraps up the regular season for us.
Tending the Fields
The Third Intermission: It is over...- Houston is not taking this whole "Backstrom is hurt" thing well.
First Round Bust: Wild Prospect Notes: Raphael Bussieres Advances, Tyler Graovac's Season Ends- Does Graovac contribute to the Aeros during their playoff run?
Off the Trail
Ageless Teemu Selanne gives talented Anaheim Ducks extra punch - ESPN- Teesma Selanne is amazing.
Puck Daddy’s 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs staff prognostications | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Normally, I'd be mad no one is giving the Wild a chance. But I'm not, either. So...
NHL playoffs X-factors for Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, more - NHL - Brian Cazeneuve - SI.com- In addition to these X-factor videos, you'll have links to basically, all the SI playoff content information, ever.
Top 10 Stanley Cup Playoff storylines to watch in the 2013 NHL postseason | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- 5 and 6 will be of interest.
2013 NHL playoffs - Burnside's five players on the hot seat - ESPN- 4 will be of interest.
Odds to win the 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Get your bets placed on Clayton Stoner now, peoples.
NHL Awards Watch: The final rankings | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- #SuterForNorris
Colorado Avalanche win NHL Draft Lottery, will select No. 1 overall | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Yeah, yeah, yeah, Jones is gonna go to the hometown team. But what's really interesting is this- how the hell did I not realize Tampa Bay would be picking third?!
No | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Agreed. Gross. Not just an affront to history. But also, gross.