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It's a little bit late this morning, but here is your daily procrastination tool for a slow day at the office.

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Apologies Wilderness, this should have been out a little bit ago but like an idiot I, well I forgot. Nevertheless we are here and ready to get your day started with your fix of links that you crave.  Today's title kind of has a double meaning as well. Sure the Walk is a bit later today, that's all well and good. But your Minnesota Wild decided to show up to their game last night a little late as well.

We were rewarded with another late game surge from the Wild last night as the came back from down 3-1 to send the game to a shootout on the back of Kyle Brodziak and the 2 goals he provided. I know a lot of us were thinking after he was unable to bury his first breakaway attempt that we were going to see the same old Brodziak who can do everything but score goals, but he proved us all wrong last night.

Wild News

Super 16: Minnesota Wild on rise as elite puck possession team - Super 16: NHL Power Rankings
As Ger states in the comments below, this is a great read. has a real crush on our team. They like us, they really like us!

Game Recap: Shootout Helps Wild Top the Sharks, 4-3 - Gone Puck Wild
A pair of goals by Kyle Brodziak in regulation and shootout goals by Mikko Koviu and Jason Pominville helped the Wild top the Sharks 4-3.

Wild: More third-period magic secures second straight win -

Koivu reminds, angry Mikko is the best Mikko; Spurgeon injured in comeback win | Russo's Rants |
Don't make the Kaptain angry. You won't like him when he's angry.

Minnesota Wild's Erik Haula gets apology from John Moore -
Well that's mighty nice of him. Although his head is probably still ringing, so how he knew his phone was is a sign that he may be recovering nicely?

Brodziak the improbable hero with 2 goals tonight, as Wild pull out 4-3 shootout victory over San Jose | State of Hockey News
State of Hockey News breaks it down as only they can.

Thomas Vanek's legal troubles continue in money laundering report | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Remember, he's not been charged with anything. I always find it funny when a guy who has been convicted of something starts tossing around names just to take the heat off himself. Vanek is obviously a big name, so he gets the most traction.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild claim AHL victory at Milwaukee
Marc Hagel and Zack Mitchell netted power-play goals less than three minutes apart in the second period to help the Iowa Wild hand Milwaukee its first loss in seven games on Wednesday night in American Hockey League action.

On Frozen Pond

The Minnesota Wild: A great model for youth hockey | Lets Play Hockey
The effort put into the game by the big club filters down to youth hockey here in Minnesota.

Jablonski To Lead Hockey’s Biggest Stick Tap " CBS Minnesota
Former Minnesota prep hockey player Jack Jablonski will take the ice at Saturday's Wild-Stars game to help raise awareness of spinal cord injury research. Jablonski was left a quadriplegic when he was injured during a high school hockey game in 2011.

Off the Trail

NHL Three Stars: Hossa goes 1,000; Stamkos snipes; MacKinnon (finally) scores | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Congratulations to Marian Hossa on his 1,000th point.

The NHL's shootout solution is right under its nose -
We're all sick of shootouts and the AHL has the answer we're looking for.

Eight Surprises in the NHL (So Far) |
What has been a surprise to you this season Wilderness?

Heads up: Scott Stevens reportedly interviewed for Player Safety gig | ProHockeyTalk
Just replace Chris Pronger with his name from your previous jokes ...

PHT Morning Skate: Closing out Hockey Halloween (plus a bloody KHL brawl) | ProHockeyTalk
A lazy way to get links in a walk, but they got some NHL player costumes in here that are pretty good.

Las Vegas casino confirms talks with group about NHL team | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
If you wonder why Bettman is smiling, it's because Vegas has a lot of his favorite color, green.