Good morning Wilderness, and welcome to your second consecutive stormy morning here in MN. If your not here, insert your own weather quip here. The Wild are still out of the playoffs, and my entire family aside from me is ill at the moment so pardon me for being brief this morning.
Reminder: This week the HW editors and staff will bring you the defense and goalie grades for the Wild. Everyday their is more content being published so you can get your hockey fix in summer so stick around would ya!?
Minnesota Wild: Evaluating Franchise After Round 1 Exit
Examining the Minnesota Wild's trajectory after their return to the playoffs in 2013.
Minnesota Wild: Free agent Bouchard wants more ice time, not money - TwinCities.com
Pierre-Marc Bouchard has spent 11 years in Minnesota, playing for three head coaches and two front office regimes while battling concussions that sidelined him for almost 150 games over four seasons.
Off The Trail
Crosby's hat trick puts Penguins firmly in control of series with Senators | StarTribune.com
Dan Bylsma has spent more than four years watching Sidney Crosby be Sidney Crosby
Brunner, Smith lead charge as Red Wings beat Blackhawks 4-1 in Game 2 to tie Western semifinal | StarTribune.com
In case they weren't aware already, the Chicago Blackhawks now know they're going to have to earn it if they want to get past Detroit
Ottawa star Jason Spezza to return to Senators lineup for Game 3 against Penguins | StarTribune.com
Jason Spezza doesn't have much time to return to form if the Ottawa Senators want to extend their season
Sharks fined $100,000 for GM Doug Wilson's comments about Raffi Torres' suspension | StarTribune.com
NHL to the Sharks, "If we wanted your opinion we'd give it to you."
Logan Couture scores PP goal in OT to give Sharks 2-1 victory over Kings in Game 3 | StarTribune.com
I didn't have time to watch anything last night, but the Sharks don't lose at home either so it wasn't too torn.
Rangers (the other kind) help motivate Boston Bruins as they push toward Stanley Cup | StarTribune.com
No, not the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers....
NHL’s awesome ‘Playoff Sounds of Round 1′ video is your ‘24/7’ fix | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Some audio/video clips put together for your enjoyment.
Penner blasts refs for having ‘gall to guess’ on goalie interference call | ProHockeyTalk
Everyone's a critic...
Switzerland shuts out Team USA, faces Sweden in gold medal game | ProHockeyTalk
It's their first finals appearance since 1935.
NHL Three Stars: Niemi, Couture shine for Sharks; Wings even up Hawks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick abuses officials, gets game misconduct and $200 fine (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Still not as good as this