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Wilderness Walk: 5-17-2013

Backstrom has surgery, and then we're off the beaten path.

Hey! Burns! That's pretty neat!
Hey! Burns! That's pretty neat!
Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Here's the Walk kids. Get your hiking boots on, because we're going off the trail.

Wild News

Backstrom has sports hernia surgery | StarTribune.com

Off the Trail

San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings - Recap - May 16, 2013 - ESPN- Wow. LA is magic.

Brad Marchand scores Game 1 OT winner as Bruins top Rangers (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Booooo.

Boston Bruins (4) vs. New York Rangers (6): Puck Daddy’s NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

Digestible Playoff Previews: Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com

In an odd twist, Raffi Torres has been suspended for…3-6 games | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Weird suspension, but I guess grabbing weird suspensions is just Raffi Torres' thing now.

Alex Ovechkin suffers second 5-goal elimination loss in a week; has fractured foot | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Say what you want about Ovechkin, dude played on a fractured foot for, essentially, three playoff games. You gotta give him something for that.

The Dave Tippett coaching watch for Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Did they #FireYeo?

Stanley Cup Beard Watch: NHL’s star players and their playoff scruff | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports- Burns should be doing pretty well.

Lady Byng Finalists: Patrick Kane vs. Matt Moulson vs. Marty St. Louis | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports-

Jersey Aesthetics: Ranking the four 2nd-round playoff series on visual pleasure | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- 1) Boston 2) Everyone else.

The 2013 NHL award nominees had stellar regular seasons; how are they doing in the playoffs? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com- Let's see how that's going.

THN/Yahoo! NHL Awards: Best rookie, comeback player, breakout player - The Hockey News- Booooooooooo.

THN/Yahoo! NHL Awards: Best shootout shooter, best shootout goalie - The Hockey News- Sadly, not the entire Wild's shootout record.