Wilderness Walk: Game Day Edition

Spurgeon gets a lot of well-deserved love today. - Hannah Foslien

A pivotal Game 5 happens tonight between the Blackhawks and the Wild.

We know we're super late on this today. Apologies.

The Minnesota Wild have quite an opportunity tonight.

Win tonight, and they go up 3-2 in the series, with the ability to finish off the Chicago Blackhawks at home on Tuesday. It'd be an insane upset, as many did not expect the upstart Minnesota Wild to last more than the 5 games it took for Chicago to dispatch them last seasson, yours truly included.

Game 4 provided the biggest boost to Wild fans hopes, as they not only equalled the Blackhawks' play, but they utterly dismantled them at their own game- one that was fast-paced, and possession-based- while stifling the Blackhawks' offense. In the last two games, Bryzgalov doesn't look like the question mark he appeared to be entering the series.

Can the Wild pull off this upset?

We'll know after tonight's game (8:30, on CNBC).

Before you go on to the Walk, we highly recommend that you check out Episode 7 of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast with Jen from Second City Hockey (@RegressedPDO). She was a really fun guest, and we talk a lot about Wild-Blackhawks. It's a good time.

Now, on to the Walk.

Last Night's Action

John Gibson calm, confident in Game 4 shutout, playoff debut for Ducks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- And suddenly, the series is going back to LA Anaheim, tied 2-2.

Shawn Thornton sprays P.K. Subban with water bottle, sparking outrage | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Thornton was fined $2,800 dollars, and the Bruins went on to win.

Wild News

Blackhawks' Brandon Bollig suspended 2 games for boarding Keith Ballard (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Fair or not?

Young players have fueled Wild's playoff run - TwinCities.com

Tricky mix of confidence, respect fuels Wild | Star Tribune

Wild youngsters soaring this postseason; El Nino on kissing Bryz; Bollig suspended | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com

Wild notes: Niederreiter shows gratitude with a kiss | Star Tribune- Does it a day before Michael Sam, and got waaaaaaayyyyyyyy less attention for it.

Souhan: Fletcher has more than made up for Leddy trade | Star Tribune- See, guys?! Jim Souhan is saying it. Jim. Souhan. The guy whose job it is to be the hatchet guy for the newspaper. That  guy is saying that the Leddy trade is old news, it's dead, and the Wild have moved on.

In Jared Spurgeon, Wild get youth and experience - TwinCities.com

Wild's Ballard, Moulson likely to miss Game 5 - TwinCities.com

Young players have fueled Wild's playoff run - TwinCities.com

Tom Powers: Wild's Yeo stubbornly applying standard, and it's working - TwinCities.com- Is it columnist bizarro opposite day?

Chicago changes strategy and is left frustrated | Star Tribune

Off the Trail

Max Pacioretty admits Zdeno Chara has shut him down; ‘it’s gut check time’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

P.K. Subban's "Oops": 5 Really Great Ways To Cheat in the NHL | theScore

Tyler Seguin Trade Paying Dividends for Surging Bruins | theScore

Why the Death of Dump and Chase is Imminent | theScore

The Value of Having a Cornerstone Defenseman | theScore

30 Thoughts: Sharks in rough waters | Hockey | CBC Sports

Respect

Logan Couture: "Hockey Moms are Extra Special" | theScore- Happy Mother's Day, Wilderness. Tell your mom. Or someone else's mom.

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