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Wilderness Walk 5-1-2013: Close, But No Cigar Edition

The Wild played a really good game, took the Blackhawks to OT, and didn't win. Well, now what?

Jonathan Daniel

Huge night. We have an official stance on last night's game here. Here are, quickly, my thoughts.

I'm too impressed that this was a close game to begin with to be all that disappointed that they didn't win. But I should be disappointed.

Here's the Walk:

Wild News


Wild, Harding work overtime but lose 2-1 to Chicago |

Minnesota Wild drop Game 1 to Blackhawks in OT -

Harding does job, but Wild suffers tough overtime loss as Chicago takes Game 1 |

Wild drop Game One in 2-1 overtime thriller in Chicago


Wild notes: Youngsters, and those not so young, make playoff debuts | The Wild's youngins, Pominville's status, and what Bruno is doing now.

Souhan: Harding fills in amazingly for injured Backstrom | Souhan breaks his cardinal rule: If you have something nice to say, don't say it at all. But what a game for Josh Harding.

Tom Powers: Series takes weird start for Wild - It was indeed weird. I didn't think they'd take it to Chicago on the road. Too bad they came empty-handed.

Chicago Blackhawks (1) vs. Minnesota Wild (8): Puck Daddy’s NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview- A series preview for you to consume.

First Round Bust: Thinking Aloud About The Playoff Series. (A preview, if you will)- First Round Bust has given us another one.

Series Preview, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild | The Hockey Writers : The Hockey Writers- Another series preview for your consumption.

NHL 2013 Playoffs: Three Keys To Minnesota Wild Upset : The Hockey Writers- Are these as good as our five keys? You decide! (But really, it's ours. Sorry, bros.)

Do You Remember The First Time?-The Minnesota Wild's Post-Season History (Part 1)- Ger gives us a Minnesota Wild playoff retrospective. You go 1/3 in terms of happy memories.

Minnesota Wild: 2012-13 Regular Season Review | The Hockey Writers : The Hockey Writers- Sheng Peng wraps up the regular season for us.

Tending the Fields

The Third Intermission: It is over...- Houston is not taking this whole "Backstrom is hurt" thing well.

Team Rankings: Talented, well-balanced prospect pool gives Florida Panthers top spot - Hockey's Future- Where will the Wild be?

First Round Bust: Wild Prospect Notes: Raphael Bussieres Advances, Tyler Graovac's Season Ends- Does Graovac contribute to the Aeros during their playoff run?

Off the Trail

Alex Steen wins Game 1 for Blues after Jonathan Quick’s stunning gaffe (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Sorry, Sheng.

Ageless Teemu Selanne gives talented Anaheim Ducks extra punch - ESPN- Teesma Selanne is amazing.

Puck Daddy’s 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs staff prognostications | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Normally, I'd be mad no one is giving the Wild a chance. But I'm not, either. So...

NHL playoffs X-factors for Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, more - NHL - Brian Cazeneuve - In addition to these X-factor videos, you'll have links to basically, all the SI playoff content information, ever.

Top 10 Stanley Cup Playoff storylines to watch in the 2013 NHL postseason | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- 5 and 6 will be of interest.

2013 NHL playoffs - Burnside's five players on the hot seat - ESPN- 4 will be of interest.

Odds to win the 2013 Conn Smythe Trophy | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Get your bets placed on Clayton Stoner now, peoples.

NHL Awards Watch: The final rankings | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- #SuterForNorris

NHL Awards: A transparent look at one voter’s ballot | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | #BrodinForCalder

Colorado Avalanche win NHL Draft Lottery, will select No. 1 overall | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Yeah, yeah, yeah, Jones is gonna go to the hometown team. But what's really interesting is this- how the hell did I not realize Tampa Bay would be picking third?!

No | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | Agreed. Gross. Not just an affront to history. But also, gross.