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Wilderness Walk 10-6-2013: Another Game, Another Point Edition

Your Minnesota Wild managed to weather a storm early and get a point at home against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Another game, another point, this is the theme of our very short season. The Wild looked impressive again in-game 2 of the season but once again came up short of this elusive 2nd point we have heard so much about. Matt Dumba also made his NHL debut last night and wasn't someone I noticed stand out too much, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing for a defensemen.

All told, I think you have to like what you have seen out of this squad so far. They were down 3-1 at a point in this game and came back, Zach Parise was an absolute work-horse last night, Kyle Brodziak has been a stud in both games and even the 4th line and Zenon Konopka (when not fighting) was playing some good hockey last night.

The Wild's next opportunity to get a point (or two, maybe) comes this Tuesday in Nashville against the Predators. We will get our first look at former Wild forward Matt Cullen in a Predators uniform and Ryan Suter will be boo'ed.

Wild News

Second game, same result: Wild loses to Anaheim in overtime | Star Tribune
Russo's recap ... I probably would have just copy and pasted Thursdays recap, then removed the part about the shootout.

Wild notes: Dumba makes NHL debut | Star Tribune
Congrats Dumba, on game 1, I'm excited to see many many more!

Russo's Sunday NHL Insider: First ugly fighting incident on league's first night | Star Tribune
Every season, there always is that one incident that gets the armchair anti-fighting crusaders to voice their stance loudly.

Wild Minute: A look at Tom Reid's Pub | Star Tribune
With the legendary Tom Reid!

Jason Pominville: Did The Minnesota Wild Overpay Him In New Deal?
I think the headline here is more for shock value, Randy Holt doesn't really dis the deal, and I half expected to leave this article pissed.

P.J.R.: In Minnesota, hockey fans win the prize for pomposity - Minnesota Wild news | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Oh Reusse, you just don't get it (HA!). Are we seriously supposed to be proud of you for calling on the Kings to win the 2012 Stanley Cup before the playoffs, piggy backing on Russo's pre-season call in 2012 that the Kings would win? Way to make such a bold claim...

Tending the Fields

Five Iowa Wild games to be shown live on Mediacom | The Des Moines Register |
Iowa Wild to get some TV love this season.

Off the Trail

Halak makes 19 saves for shutout and Blues blank Panthers 7-0 - The Hockey News

Sens’ MacLean irate over Raymond’s ‘very unfair’ shootout spin-o-rama | ProHockeyTalk
I see what you're saying, but the whole idea of the shootout is just so stupid to me at this point I really don't care what the shooter does anymore.

NHL Recap - Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks - Oct 05, 2013 -
Chicago's point streak to start this season, slightly less impressive than last seasons.

TSN’s Dreger thinks Flyers coach is on thin ice | ProHockeyTalk
If they continue to struggle, I don't think anybody would be surprised with the Flyers making a change.

New Carolina Hurricanes commercial will haunt your baby’s nightmares (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
oh no ...

Operation Save Wardo: Capitals’ Joel Ward’s dramatic and tender bathroom stall rescue | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A full investigation will be launched into the entrapment of Joel Ward.

Ranking the 10 NHL Arenas with the Best Atmosphere | Bleacher Report | Bleacher Report
You're slackin Minnesota ... I guess I shouldn't be surprised that BR would use a video featuring Jets fans when talking about the Wild either.

Don Cherry backs Patrick Roy's outburst, says it was a good thing - The Hockey News
Yea, Don Cherry says a lot of things that are pretty stupid. Like Roy's freak out or not, going back for seconds on the glass that was clearly ready to drop on top of Boudreau is not a smart decision. Anybody else smile every time they see Roy though? I can't get Bruno's goal out of my head!

Josh Gorges destroys penalty box glass with harmless clearing attempt (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Ya know, every year I've watched hockey I tend to come across something I've simply never seen before. We're only 2 games into this season, and here it is.

NJ Devils fans boo new Bon Jovi goal song, yearn for Gary Glitter | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Are we sure they were not just booing Bon Jovi for booing Bon Jovi's sake? I can't image I'd be to pleased with hearing it either.

Trotz: We’re trying to get hits like Downie’s out of the game (Update: No hearing scheduled) | ProHockeyTalk
Yikes ... Rough hit, looks like Downie is in the process of leaving his feet for this one but I'm not convinced he did.

On the Pitch

NASL commissioner tells fans to watch another league - San Antonio Soccer |
Just plain stupid ...

Down the Gopher Hole

Gophers, North Dakota hockey rivalry renewal gains steam | Ice Gold |
Welcome news for NDSU and Gopher fans across The State of Hockey and the mid-west.