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 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.
Tom Powers: Wild's Yeo stubbornly applying standard, and it's working - TwinCities.com- Is it columnist bizarro opposite day?
Off the Trail
Logan Couture: "Hockey Moms are Extra Special" | theScore- Happy Mother's Day, Wilderness. Tell your mom. Or someone else's mom.