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Your Minnesota Wild put up a great showing against a real powerhouse in the East last night.

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Now, it might be true the Tampa Bay Lightning were playing on the 2nd night of a back-to-back, with travel. And maybe, yes, it's true they were without Brett Connolly... and Ryan Callahan... and Victor Hedman. So a tired, hurt team limped into the X last night, and that was about the extent of their effort.

Of course, something you would do well to remind yourself with, is that the Wild, although playing a team that was not all there, did what they were supposed to do. They beat up a team on the ropes right now, and it's not that they a have been slumping as the just finished up a 5 game road trip last night where they secured 6 points. It's the schedule and the injuries but the Bolts are still a good team who were put in a tight spot last night.

When the Bolts get their shot at revenge on November 22, you better believe they will be a better team. We will be in their barn, and they will be healtier. They may even have Hedman back by then so look for them to be a much more focused adversary a few weeks from now.

But how about that Jason Zucker kid huh? Who knew!?!? With 4 goals now (2 last night) in 6 games, Jason Zucker has secured the team lead in goals in this young season.

So after the game last night my wife, mother-in-law and I were sitting around chatting. We didn't even bother changing channels. So Becoming Wild came on and I was barely half paying attention when I noticed this little bit.

This was from his first career goal in the NHL with the New York Islanders. I guess it's not surprising. I know I struggled with it right away, can't imagine a guy or gal writing that for the first time probably ever would have gotten it right as well.

Today's musical selection comes to you with a heavy heart. Yesterday, the music world lost a mammoth. Jack Bruce, the bass player for Cream, Manfred Mann, and a laundry list of other acts stretching from the early 60's till today, died at the age of 71. He was simply put, a legend of his time.

Wild News

Michael Stuart - Mauled in Minny | HockeyBuzz.com
A Tampa Bay recap of last nights action.

Wild's six-goal blitz buries Lightning in blowout win - TwinCities.com
The Minnesota Wild demolished the Tampa Bay Lightning to improve to 3-0-0 at the Xcel Energy Center.

Wild ambush the Lightning in a 7-2 home rout | State of Hockey News
Derek breaks down the Wild's domination over a real beast of the East.

Wild all over Tampa Bay in blowout victory | Star Tribune
I think the Bolts must have been distracted by all the bright orange hats on display at the X last night.

Wild chase Nabokov from Lightning net in first period | ProHockeyTalk
Always nice to kick a bad goalie out of a game.

Wild and Blues players contract bacterial infections, So Cal roadtrip to blame? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I smell a conspiracy!

Darcy Kuemper's Tremendous Start - Gone Puck Wild
Darcy Kuemper is off to a tremendous start with the Minnesota Wild. Find out more about the young keeper's journey with the Wild.

Minnesota Wild focus on keeping young talent for years to come - TwinCities.com
Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher keeps a set of files on each of his players that he updates after every game.

What could the Minnesota Wild learn from the Golden Gophers? | Gone Puck Wild
How to play hockey on a bigger sheet of ice?

On Frozen Pond

Gophers Hockey: Minnesota sweeps Bemidji State with 5-3 win - SB Nation College Hockey
The Beavers twice had a lead on Minnesota, but were unable to close the game and fell 5-3. Travis Boyd scored the game winner 7:05 into the third. Mike Reilly, on a night he was honored, had two assists.

Off The Trail

Fans sing ‘O Canada’ in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal simultaneously in tribute (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Pretty cool moment, when the hockey family comes together.

Ryan McDonagh: NY Rangers captain with deep Minnesota roots - TwinCities.com
A chat with the family of a future Minnesota Wild defensemen. #OneOfUs

NHL facing Canadian dollar panic? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Now, I'm no economist, but I'm pretty sure you don't want the value of your money to drop.

Slava Voynov learns the new NHL world: guilty until proven innocent | New York Post
Submitted without comment.

Video: Oshie injures Carcillo, Blues beat Blackhawks | ProHockeyTalk
I don't know how I feel about this hit. It's not inherently dirty, but I'd probably be screaming bloody murder if I were a passionate Hawks fan.

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at San Jose Sharks - Oct 25, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Cody Hodgson felt the Buffalo Sabres were close to a breakthrough on a tough West Coast trip. Continue to work hard and good things will happen.

Jeremy Roenick blasts the struggling San Jose Sharks on Twitter | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Roenick dropping E-bombs!

Vlasic: ‘No, there’s nothing wrong with the Sharks’ | ProHockeyTalk
Are you sure? Roenick doesn't seem to think you are correct.

Defense optional: Islanders take thriller against Stars | ProHockeyTalk
If you like goals, this was the game you should have been watching last night, and not the Wild.

NHL Recap - Florida Panthers at Arizona Coyotes - Oct 25, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored at 2:20 of overtime, Mike Smith stopped 23 shots, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Saturday night.

NHL Recap - Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators - Oct 25, 2014 - CBSSports.com
After two straight losses, Sidney Crosby made sure there wasn't a third.

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues - Oct 25, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The St. Louis Blues needed something to get them going after a two-game losing streak. A visit from the rival Chicago Blackhawks seemed to help.