The Wild started out pretty well tonight, then fell apart a bit, and then found a way to win against the Coyotes.
How cool is that? Especially that last part?
I don't remember a Wild team having this mix of talent and resiliency. I've basically spent the last week or two feeling like this:
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Coming up next will be two games. The first will be at Dallas on Friday, and then the Wild host the Kings for their first meeting this season. Should be fun.
So, what do we have for news today? Other than the gut-it-out win last night, we've got lots of news from around the league. A big trade where the rich get richer, some other trade deadline chatter, and a shocking fight involving Minnesota's favorite choir boy.
Let's go for a Walk, shall we?
Playoff Bubble Today
The Minnesota Wild have reclaimed the Division lead, due to a game in hand and an advantage in Regular/OT wins, with 42 points. The last team in the playoff bubble is San Jose, who defeated Anaheim 4-0 tonight, with 36 points.
Wild finds a way to win, tops Phoenix in OT for seventh straight | StarTribune.com- Chris Miller filling in the Strib duties today. Read about how Suter and the Kaptain would not let them lose tonight. It was awesome.
Wild wins seventh in a row | StarTribune.com- Some extra nuggets from Chris Miller. Did I mention this game was awesome.
Minnesota Wild stage determined rally, extend winning streak to seven - TwinCities.com- Pioneer Press with their recap. Still awesome.
State of Hockey News | Better lucky than good as Koivu delivers in overtime to extend Wild's winning streak to 7 games with 4-3 OT win over Phoenix- Some Frozen Four Tournament talk at the end.
Compressed NHL schedule produces playoff feel every night | StarTribune.com- Today's Wild notebook includes the last month of games, Matt Cullen's milestone, and Cal Clutterbuck's injury.
Jonas Brodin: The Calder candidate more people should be talking about - CBSSports.com- Personally, I won't rest until everyone is talking about him.
Tending the Fields
The Third Intermission: Wow, what a thriller! Aeros lose, 7-6, in overtime- A better recap of Tuesday's Aeros game.
2013 NHL draft rankings - The Hockey News- I advise you to look further down the list for potential Wild picks.
Off the Trail
Report: Jarome Iginla traded to Bruins, ending iconic, nearly two-decade run with Flames | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- So this was fun. Feaster was going to trade Wild Killer Jarome Iginla (as far as I'm concerned, 12 years too late) to Boston for some crappy package, and then...
Jarome Iginla traded to Pittsburgh, not Boston, in late-night stunner | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Iginla went to Pittsburgh for a worse package. Love seeing the Boston schadenfreude, but it comes with the drawback of Boston fans having something fresh and new to complain about. Because a fan base that has seen all their sports teams win a championship in the last 10 years is clearly among the most cursed in sports. I hate Boston fans.
It sounds like Phoenix Coyotes will be relocating | Backhand Shelf- Well, Phoenix, pack your bags. Again. For realsies, this time.
Things are getting tighter in the NHL, and rookies are feeling the pinch | Backhand Shelf- Guess which rookie isn't seeing his point production and ice time drop? I'll give you a hint: you can make a Weezer reference when talking about him.
What record does your team need down the stretch to make playoffs? | Backhand Shelf- If you're keeping score at home, these projections suspect that the Wild could finish the season playing worse than they were when the Yeo Firing Squad was out in full force, and still make the playoffs. At this point, Wild fans should probably start looking at a bit more than just playoffs. Let's see them gun for home ice.
Dan Boyle flips out after sucker punch, drops the gloves with Corey Perry (FIGHT VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Hopefully, this doesn't detract from Perry's Lady Byng candidacy. I'm sure that his was an incidental sucker-punch. He's just not that kind of player.
NHL trade deadline market for goalies | Home Ice - SI.com- Allan Muir looks at recent goaltending trades for precedent in netminder moves.
Pending UFA trade candidates - The Hockey News- It's Jarome Iginla, and 9 guys the Wild won't get.