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Wilderness Walk 4-14-2013: Well that sucked Edition

The Minnesota Wild wrapped up a 3 game home stand last night where they amassed but a single point ... ouch.

Lets go for a walk.
Lets go for a walk.
Aaron Holm

Good morning Wilderness, hoping the hangover isn't hurting you too bad today after last nights frustration festival at the Excel Energy Center. Your Minnesota Wild seemed to play well enough to put up 4 or 5 goals in the first period alone. Unfortunately they ran into something called Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes for the Columbus Blue Jackets. We were given a preview of how frustrating this game was to be just 17 seconds into the contest when rookie winger Charlie Coyle was ejected for a "dangerous hit to the head" on Blue Jackets forward Artem Anisimov. Anisimov would not return to the game after suffering the hit as well.

I've calmed down some after that opening shift and the Coyle ejection. I don't agree with the ejection, but thus is life ya know? I have not heard an injury update on Anisimov, and wish the guy a speedy recovery. It will be interesting to see how the shannyhammer reviews this one (not really). I would expect Coyle would at least get a phone call, but given the consistency lunacy of the DOPSJ, you may as well start throwing darts blindly at the wall-o-punishment.

Next up for the Wild is a income tax day showdown with the Calgary Flames. The Saddledome has traditionally been a terrible place for the Wild to play, but this will be their first game there in the post Wild killer Jerome Iginla era.

Wild News

Wild come up short in 3-2 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets - State Of Hockey
The State of Hockey with your period by period breakdown of last nights action.

Wild picks up a point but loses to Columbus in shootout |
Russo relives last nights game in the written word.

Bobrovsky steals extra point from Wild; Cullen close to returning; Wild's cap/roster situation |
I would say the Wild stole a point from a hot goaltender last night.

Video: Wild’s Coyle gets ejected after Anisimov hit, Dubinsky fight | ProHockeyTalk
His night lasted all of 17 seconds. And Fletcher is pissed!

First Round Bust: I Want Your Salvation
With Zucker recalled and Cullen's return seemingly inevitable, glory days are ahead right?

Wild's Zucker makes best of time in AHL |
Zucker talks twitter, Yeo talks about winning and Konopka's broken foot.

Tending The Fields

The Third Intermission: Aeros Storm Rampage, Defeat San Antonio 4-1
The Aeros giving the home fans something to cheer about, for the last time in their home finale at the Toyota Center.

Russo's NHL Insider: Running the Aeros means a lot of running for GM Mill |
Jim Mill had just scouted Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs games on March 9 when he cozied up to a sports bar to watch the Wild play in Nashville

Graovac Most Sportsmanlike - News Centre
Tyler Graovac wins the OHL's Most Sportsmanlike award, the William Hanley Trophy.

Mississauga Article: Bulls, Colts to meet in OHL East final
Malcolm Subban made 27 saves in his second straight shutout as the Belleville Bulls completed a sweep of the Sudbury Wolves with a 5-0 win last night in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

Laxidasicle Meanderings

Swarm punch postseason ticket by beating up Mammoth | National Lacrosse League
Hey look! A team that plays it's home games at the X has punched a ticket to the playoffs! Congrats boys!

Off The Trail

Nate Thompson’s visor shatters before his eyes after Mike Green slapshot (Video) | Puck Daddy
If you need yet another example of why wearing a visor is a good idea, Nate Thompson of the Tampa Bay Lightning gave a sudden and unexpected demonstration of how and what it protects on Saturday.

Steve Ott licked Jeff Halpern’s visor at a face-off, because WAIT, what? | Backhand Shelf
Speaking of visors, either Ott was just showing some affection or this is the oddest form of taunting I've seen.

Florida’s commentators give up on calling Jets/Panthers, switch to slurpees | Backhand Shelf
Its ok, nobody was watching in Florida anyway.

Taylor Hall slash needed response from NHL - Yahoo! Sports
By making no comment at all about Hall's slash on Zbynek Michalek Wednesday night, the league failed to send a message.

Russo's short takes |
The Devils are taking a trip that must seem all to familiar to the fans.

Patrick Kane kicks Jonathan Ericsson in the groin; Reminder: He wears skates (Video) | Puck Daddy

Avs end Canucks’ winning streak with late goal | ProHockeyTalk
Thank you!

Bruins officially sign Carl Soderberg | ProHockeyTalk
The rich getting richer ...

Streaking Stars move into eighth place in West | ProHockeyTalk
That's five straight wins for Dallas.

Ovechkin passes Stamkos for goals lead, Capitals win seventh in a row | ProHockeyTalk
My cat now leads the league in goals, and the Capitals can seemingly do no wrong.


Yale rides upsets to 2013 NCAA hockey national title | ProHockeyTalk
Your NCAA National Champions, the Yale Bulldogs close the book on their Cinderella season, and the schools first hockey championship.