Hey, again, Wilderness.
Apparently, getting married is a big deal, and you can just back out of whatever obligations you want when you get married, because Aaron is still out. What, does he think the world revolves around him?
His loss, because the Wild have just been exorcizing demons left and right lately. First Vancouver, then Detroit, and now Dallas. The Wild went out and won a game that they could have easily lost about four times. But thanks to heroics by the top three lines, and especially the relatively quiet Brodziak and Clutterbuck, who scored the Game-winning shorty, they came out on top at Dallas for the first time in over a decade. And they moved back into first place. How neat is that?!
So, that's a pretty good day. The Wild still have a tough road ahead of them, finishing out the week with Phoenix coming to town on Wednesday, and a back-to-back at Dallas and hosting Los Angeles. It's tough, but now the Wild have a bit of room to breathe, so long as they don't let up in a big way, and they're playing so well that you can't write them off for any given game right now.
Let's go to the Walk
Playoff Bubble Today
The Wild currently sit in third in the Conference, as they are A) Leading the division by virtue of a tiebreaker with Vancouver, and B) Their total of 40 points is the third most in the Western Conference. The final team in the playoff bubble is San Jose with 34 points.
Los Angeles (38 points) toppled Chicago in regulation 5-4.
Nashville (32) defeated Edmonton in regulation 3-2.
Detroit (39) defeated Phoenix (30) in regulation 3-2.
San Jose defeated Anaheim in regulation 5-3, though it should have counted as two losses for Anaheim for letting James Sheppard score.
Wild ends hex in Texas | StarTribune.com- The Russo Recap for today.
Wild ends Dallas skid and extends win streak to 6 games to retake division lead | StarTribune.com- Russo's B-sides and Rarities edition. It's more than a lazy remix and a cover of a "Wonderwall".
For streaking Minnesota Wild, wins and goals just keep coming - TwinCities.com- I'll say! By my count, the Wild are now 15th in goals per game with 2.68. Not incredibly impressive, until you consider that they were dead last in goals back when everyone was panicing, and wanting to burn Yeo at the stake.
Brodziak's shorthanded goal helps break 10-year winless drought in Dallas with 7-4 victory in crazy back and forth game- State of Hockey News- Longform recap and prospect reports...
Hitting The Post: Post-Game Haiku Reax: Wild @ Stars, 3/25/13... Or, short, snappy, awesome haikus. Choose one. Or both. Yeah, definitely both.
Minnesota Wild: Four Who Must Step Up | The Hockey Writers- Recent addition to our community Sheng Peng pens this article for The Hockey Writers. For what it's worth, all four of those names stepped up tonight.
Wild visit stirs Minnesota memories for Norm Green - TwinCities.com- Just posted this so I could say that Norm Green sucks.
Off the Trail
Jon Cooper hired as Tampa Bay Lightning head coach | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Tampa Bay replaces Guy Boucher. For the kinda-cool, kinda-local connection, Cooper coached across the border with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers.
Analysis: Alex Semin’s 5-year deal from Carolina is sort of incredible | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Yeah, Semin was re-signed for 5 years and 7 million. Good luck with that.
Sabres’ Tyler Myers on the trading block? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Oooh! Oooh! I've got a question: What has two thumbs and isn't getting Tyler Myers?
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Are the San Jose Sharks going to shake up their roster before the trade deadline? | Backhand Shelf- Pretty interesting that a team almost in the playoffs would be looking to deal regulars from their team away.
Alex Ovechkin is the NHL’s first star of the week, still a quote machine | Backhand Shelf- A fun quote from Alex Ovechkin, who is showing us that he's not dead yet, he feels fine, he feeels happyyyyy... by scoring a kajillion points last week.
Penguins vs. Flyers, NHL ’94 video game style, is 16 bits of awesome (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- I yearn for the days that hockey video games didn't require you to be a physicist.