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The Wild get back in the win column with a hat-trick from Nino Niederreiter and 2 power play goals!

How can you rip the C, if you cannot see it?
How can you rip the C, if you cannot see it?
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And we thought the Wild would never win again! Wrecking balls were lining up at the X, ripped C's were littering St. Paul, Coach Yeo was packed into the cartoon-sized cannon, even Nordy was nowhere to be found leading many people to speculate that he, she, it had finally gone extinct. What an amazing feeling. It's something I cannot really put into words, so I won't even try. Besides, I wrote the recap last night, so you can read my abbreviated thoughts there, which aren't so much thoughts as they are facts about the game.

So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, Echo and the Bunnymen!

Wild News

Wild: Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek feel for friends still with struggling Sabres - TwinCities.com
It wasn't long ago that the Buffalo Sabres, now dead last in the NHL standings, were a contending team that featured Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek.

Minnesota Wild dispatch reeling Buffalo Sabres 6-3 - TwinCities.com
The Wild were finally able to get one in the win column.

Niederrieter's hat trick vs. Buffalo gets Wild back on track | Star Tribune
It would be nice if we could just play Buffalo a few more times, just to get back on their feet.

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at Minnesota Wild - Nov 13, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Mired in a scoring slump, the Minnesota Wild broke out in a big way against a team that's seen it happen all too often lately.

Minnesota Wild latest team with mumps scare - CBSSports.com
Minnesota Wild defensemen Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella are the latest players to have symptoms similar to the mumps.

Tending the Fields

Record Numbers Learn Hockey For the First Time | USA Hockey
Last weekend nearly 15,000 kids laced them up for the first time to learn how to play hockey at a free event hosted at rinks across the U.S.

Torchetti debut as Wild coach successful on road | Des Moines Register
Iowa forward Zack Mitchell scored his second goal in two games in the third periods as the Wild avoided a shutout loss Sunday in a 5-1 defeat to Chicago at Wells Fargo Arena.

Off the Trail

Bryan Murray reveals he has Stage 4 cancer | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Ottawa Senators general manager said he has Stage 4 Cancer. TSN had the story in this gut-wrenching video.

Avalanche likely to host outdoor hockey at Coors Field - The Denver Post
Hey, look! More fodder for the Battle of California!

‘Red Army,’ the Rise and Fall of a Soviet Hockey Dynasty - NYTimes.com
Gabe Polsky’s documentary, "Red Army," follows Soviet hockey stars from Olympic glory days to a second act with the National Hockey League.

HockeyBuzz.com - Ryan Wilson - Fun With Fenwick: Johnston vs Bylsma
In the battle of the bench bosses, who does it better?

Mumps just a small sample of NHL's 'tough guy' problem | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin being diagnosed with the mumps is more than just a medical issue in the NHL.

AHL player scores fluky goal off glass - Hockey - CBC
Off the glass, off the back, nothing but net.

RECAPS!!!

NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens - Nov 13, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Max Pacioretty had two goals, Dale Weiss scored on a penalty shot, and the Montreal Canadiens downed the rival Boston Bruins 5-1 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.

NHL Recap - Colorado Avalanche at New York Rangers - Nov 13, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The New York Rangers seemed to be on their way to another home win after a sluggish start.

NHL Recap - Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues - Nov 13, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Paul Stastny is finally starting to fit in with the St. Louis Blues.

NHL Recap - San Jose Sharks at Tampa Bay Lightning - Nov 13, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Antti Niemi provided some offense in addition to stopping the puck.