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Wilderness Walk: A Point at the Tank Edition

The Minnesota Wild took the San Jose Sharks to overtime last night, but could not earn the extra point.

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For the Minnesota Wild, last nights loss against the San Jose Sharks sang like a familiar tune, with one additional caveat. The Wild were about as terrible in the faceoff circle as I have ever seen. Winning just 30% will not do the job when you have to go up against a power house squad like the Sharks, and on their ice no less.

The Wild get a couple days to learn the art of faceoffs before they stroll into the house that Gordon Bombay built to take on the Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks on Tuesday. I don't have much else to say about last nights game that I didn't already cover in the recap. So without further ado, on to them links!

Wild News

Wild secures a point in San Jose, but loses in OT | Star Tribune
A 2 - 0 lead in San Jose is never safe.

Minnesota Wild: The transformation of Matt Cooke | isportsweb
Matt Cooke has altered his play in recent years and excelled less glamorous areas to become one of the most valuable players for the Minnesota Wild.

Mikko Koivu, Jared Spurgeon Resume Skating
The Minnesota Wild take on the San Jose Sharks tonight. Is Jared Spurgeon close to making his return to the lineup?

Sharks 3, Wild 2 (OT): After fast start, Minnesota fades and falls -
What was most disappointing to Wild coach Mike Yeo wasn't that his team blew a two-goal lead in Saturday night's 3-2 overtime loss.

Tending the Fields

AHL: Wild take first OT victory | The Des Moines Register |
Kyle Medvec's goal 2:26 into overtime lifted the Iowa Wild to yet another American Hockey League road win Saturday.

Mallards snap four-game losing streak | Quad-City Times
The Quad-City Mallards snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Brampton Beast on Thursday night at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ont.

Off the Trail

Gophers hockey: U wins North Star College Cup title in shootout -
The inaugural North Star College Cup goes to the Minnesota Gophers who break a 4 - 4 tie with a shootout win (2 - 0) over the UMD Bulldogs.

NHL Capsules - The Hockey News

Report: NHL players have contingency plans if violence strikes Olympic Games | ProHockeyTalk
There are security worries leading into the Games.

Steve Mason’s new mask features zombie Claude Giroux, zombie Wayne Simmonds (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
This is pretty sweet, if you're into zombies and such.

Waiver wire: Samuelsson waived by Detroit, O’Brien by Calgary | ProHockeyTalk
The AHL could be in their future.

Stamkos cleared for light contact | ProHockeyTalk
Off with the red jersey, on with the yellow. Good news if your a Tampa Bay Lightning fan.

Ducks dominate at Dodger Stadium, shut out Kings in NHL outdoor game | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Burying the lead here, the ice in fact did not melt!

NHL gets 'Angry Birds' character - NHL - Sporting News