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Wilderness Walk 9-24-2013: 9 Days Edition

The Minnesota Wild pulled off a nice comeback last night when Keith Ballard tied the game in the third period and Jason Zucker scored the lone shootout goal.

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9 more days folks! The Minnesota Wild kick off the 2013-14 NHL season at home against the Los Angeles Kings in just 9 more days. The Wild showed a little perseverance on the road last night and came away with a win on the road. Very nice to see hear the Wild's kids stick to it and goalie Josh Harding staying strong in the net. From the sound of it we had some great performances out of the kids last night, they are not making decision time very easy on the Wild coaching staff.

We have a pile of links for you today, the news is overflowing in fact so let's get right to it shall we?

Wild News

Wild's Dowell, family battle against the slowest of killers | Star Tribune
Jake Dowell gives us a look past his life in hockey. Unbelievably sad story folks, be warned.

On eve of huge roster cutdown, Zucker, Niederreiter shine in Wild's shootout win | Russo's Rants |
Russo's recap, man I have missed these!

Jason Zucker assists on tying goal, scores in shootout to lift Wild | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
It took an extra frame and a shootout, but the Wild got the job done in Columbus last night. Hooray for overtime preseason hockey!

Minnesota Wild Beat Columbus Blue Jackets In Shootout - Gone Puck Wild
The friendly folks at Gone Puck Wild recap last nights action in Ohio.

Under Pressure: Mikko Koivu | ProHockeyTalk
At least they didn't say rip the "C".

Wild Blog: A Rivalry In the Offing? « CBS Minnesota
This is a rivalry I can get behind, all we need now is some bad blood which if you have ever spent enough time with your family in close quarters is simply inevitable.

Minnesota Wild's Five Must See Games for 2013-2014
Your about 77 games short in this guys book.

First Round Bust: Is No Preseason Television Really That Bad?
Kill your TV!

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild, Transitioning from the Aeros
Des Moines has been a home to a couple AHL teams in the past with not so great results. Perhaps the fans in Iowa will take to a AHL squad a little closer to their parent team? Time will be the judge of that.

Media Timeout: Voice of the Iowa Wild follows team from Houston | The Des Moines Register
Formerly @aero_joe, now @wildjoeradio talks about his new radio life with the Iowa Wild.

Party With The Mallards - CBS4 - WHBF Quad Cities, IL-IA News Weather Sports
If you find yourself in Eastern Iowa/Northwest Illinois (and I can't imagine you'd have a good reason to be there) this Wednesday do we have a treat for you!

Off the Trail

Brandon Bollig discovers he is not Patrick Kane in response to Bauer ad (Video) - Yahoo Sports
I saw some guy who claims to have used to run this site post this on some other social network site today but never got around to watching. Do yourselves a favor, don't wait, you could use the laughs!

Bettman says vast majority of NHL GMs favor hybrid icing | ProHockeyTalk
Kurtis Foster would agree as well.

NHL commish says sides hope to complete Panthers sale quickly | ProHockeyTalk
Russo's real favorite team is close to getting new ownership.

John Scott explains why he attacked poor, nearly defenseless Phil Kessel - Yahoo Sports
Ah yes, the "code". That thing that says you must punch the other guy because some other guy punched a different one of your guys and you thought that wasn't cool man!

David Clarkson suspended 10 games for leaving Maple Leafs’ bench during brawl - Yahoo Sports
10 games and a quarter of a million dollars, because you couldn't wait till your next shift. Seems logical.

Suspensions will affect Toronto’s salary cap situation | ProHockeyTalk
They may not get to sign a pair of players for now.

Zack Kassian gets eight games for breaking Sam Gagner’s jaw with stick - Yahoo Sports
Shannahan has had a busy preseason, makes me wonder if he has used up all his good calls already.

Report: Sharks’ Torres (ACL) out ‘at least’ six weeks | ProHockeyTalk
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Ben Eager threatens Canucks skill players with retribution after Sam Gagner injury - Yahoo Sports
That's one way to get the refs to pay extra special attention to you.