Wilderness Walk 6-3-2013: Monday Morning Edition

Things get a little feisty in front of Corey Crawford's crease. - USA TODAY Sports

Last night the Chicago Blackhawks routed the Los Angeles Kings by a 4-2 margin and have taken a dominant 2-0 lead in the best of seven series.

Good morning Wilderness! I certainly hope you all had a very productive and/or restful weekend filled with a few games from the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Last night the Chicago Blackhawks dominated the scoreboard, beating the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 4-2 and one of those was even a fluky gift of a bouncer I don't think a brick wall could have stopped without getting extremely lucky. We had some fireworks on the ice last night although nobody officially dropped the gloves. We even had the makings of a goalie fight which in the end just wasn't meant to be. Something I did learn last night, the only fighting majors we have seen in these playoffs, have occurred in the East. I have a feeling if game 3 goes similar for the Kings as game 2 did, they may try to put an end to that streak before this series is done.

Wild News

WildNHL - Top 5 Free Agents The Wild Should Consider
Anyone you might add to this list Wilderness?

Off The Trail

Blackhawks chase Quick in 2nd period, top Kings 4-2 to take 2-0 lead in West finals | StarTribune.com
How it all went down last night in the windy city.

Video: Toews, Crawford get involved in rough stuff | ProHockeyTalk
In one of the finer moments in sticking up for your captain, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford isn't going to sit idle while the Kings try to take a few liberties with Jonathan Toews.

Clash of captains: Toews unhappy with Brown’s rough stuff | ProHockeyTalk
Dustin Brown and elbows, its like peanut butter and jelly. That reminds me, grilled PB&J is delicious! Just like grilled cheese but with peanut butter and jelly instead of cheese. If you have kids, make it for their lunch sometime, if not, make a couple for yourself, you wont be disappointed.

Bruins expecting Penguins to bounce back after Boston romp in series opener | StarTribune.com
I don't know about that, I have a feeling the Penguins will just roll over again...

Lightning interested in Bowness as assistant coach | ProHockeyTalk
Wes Walz's old job is up for grabs.

Brian Burke wants to see NHL use larger ice surface | ProHockeyTalk
Not quite an Olympic sized rink, but pushing the ice surface wider could help make the game safer.

Matt Cooke explains his hit on McQuaid | ProHockeyTalk
Not much of an explanation if you ask me. I'm sure Boston fans care not at all, as shades of Marc Savard creep into their heads.

Report: Tim Thomas may attempt comeback next season | ProHockeyTalk
Don't much care what the guy does. He abandon his team which would have to make his next team wonder about his commitment to them. Though I am a bit curious to see what a 39-year-old goalie would look like after taking a year off. At any rate, the Islander own his rights at the moment, he'll be a free agent this summer although the Islanders seem to have an option to keep him since he did not report last year.

Ohlund’s injury status has Tampa Bay in a bind | ProHockeyTalk
I do feel bad for Tampa here. They are stuck in a bad situation. Mattias Ohlund however is an asshole, so if he never sees the NHL ice again it would be no skin off my back, or Mikko Koivu's I'd assume.

Sunday Funnies: Sather’s Interviews | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
As the search for the next New York Rangers bench boss continues, we take a peak into the vetting process.

Canes miss deadline to sign Gregory Hoffmann | ProHockeyTalk
The Swiss-born prospect will re-enter the 2013 NHL Draft.


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