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Wilderness Walk: Movember Finale Edition

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It's the last day of Movember, wives and girlfriends everywhere rejoice!

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The Wild completed a tough stretch of games combined with travel last night when they lost in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues. Despite looking pretty good for most of the game, and Backstrom even stopping 2 of 3 in the shootout, (what!?) the Wild were unable to finish when a Ryan Suter turnover late in the 3rd period left Blues big guy David Backes alone on Backstroms glove side, he didn't miss.

So the Wild get a mandatory day off today, and a very optional practice on Monday where coach Yeo said he would be urging some of the Wild's "big minute" guys to stay home as well. Don't expect a whole lot of news besides maybe learning Marco Scandella, who just signed an contract extension before last nights game, gets a call from the Department of Player Safety Jokes.

I hope you all enjoyed an extra couple days off (assuming you had Thursday and Friday off from work/school), but it's time to get ready for another dismal Monday. Lots for you to dig through in today's walk, so lets get at it.

Today's musical selection comes to you from a band that found some commercial success with a song that probably drives you a little screwy. It's been featured in movies, all over the radio, and bad karaoke bars across the globe. This is not that song, and I assure you if you can get past the over-hyped radio bliss that is You Get What You Give, you will likely enjoy a lot of their sole album. Today's song is the title track of that album, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too.

Wild News

Marco Scandella gets a five-year contract extension, head shots T.J. Oshie | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Nothing like celebrating a new contract with a call from the Department of Player Safety Jokes.

Wild rewards Scandella with five-year, $20 million contract extension | Star Tribune
Russo's take on pizza parties.

Minnesota Wild lose in shootout to St. Louis Blues - TwinCities.com
Wild unable to fight off late game surge by Blues. It just sucks.

Blues score late to tie, win in a shootout over Wild | Star Tribune
Kent Youngblood in with your Strib recap of last nights action.

Wild Minute: Wild can't pick up second point vs. Blues | Star Tribune
In case you've missed Russo's face, here he is in glorious HD video.

The Dilemma: Contradictions and the Wild - Articles - Articles - Articles - Wild Xtra
Charlie Beattie tries to answer the ever present question, is this team any good?

HockeyBuzz.com - Tony Dean - WildHBcommunity: The Kuemper Hate is Real While Dumba Shipped to AHL
#TheDean discusses why all the Kuemper hate? #BecauseMinnesotaHockey

Zulgad: Decision to stick with Darcy Kuemper is right call by Mike Yeo - | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities
Always nice of Zulgad to pop his head up and Monday morning quarterback a hockey article. I'm sure this headline would have been different had the Wild lost in Dallas.

Parise blasts Blues: ‘They try to bully you around the ice’ | ProHockeyTalk
Try?

Video: Blues, Wild engage in physical game | ProHockeyTalk
A brief review of all the bullish behavior from both sides last night.

NHL Recap - St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild - Nov 29, 2014 - CBSSports.com
A second straight night of extra hockey paid off again for the St. Louis Blues.

Tending the Fields

Minnesota Wild: Matt Dumba sent to AHL Iowa - TwinCities.com
Dumba55 makes his first trip down I-35. Something tells me he will be back.

On Frozen Pond

Gophers Fall 3-2 in Road Finale - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site
The Gophers drop a close one to Northwestern after routing BC on Friday night.

Third Period Goals Lift Gophers Past Tigers - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site
2-third period goals bring a victory to the lady Gophers.

Off the Trail

Canadiens sign forward Brendan Gallagher to a six-year contract extension - NHL.com - News
Scandella was not the only one to sign on the dotted line yesterday. I struggle to believe that line is indeed a dotted one, but I'll roll with the cliche anyway.

Leafs’ Holzer says he didn’t hit official on purpose | ProHockeyTalk
It's probably best to not throw a punch when: A) You can't see a damned thing. B) The refs are draped all over you. C) YOU CAN'T SEE A DAMNED FUCKING THING! Enjoy your time off.

The NHL Quarter-Season Awards - Grantland.com
Before clicking, guess how many Wild players are featured in this article. I expect your guess in the comments below.

Maple Leafs honor fallen former coach Pat Quinn with a video and '23' salute | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Leafs with a great tribute to the late Pat Quinn.

Tanner Glass diagnosed with mumps, virus invades Eastern Conference (Update) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Now that it's in the East, I bet the NHL mandates mumps shots for the league. Just watch.

The Recaps

NHL Recap - Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville Predators - Nov 29, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Colin Wilson made sure Nashville's winning streak lived on, and extended Columbus' losing streak in the process.

NHL Recap - Pittsburgh Penguins at Carolina Hurricanes - Nov 29, 2014 - CBSSports.com
One night after Sidney Crosby said the Carolina Hurricanes outworked his club, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain liked what he saw in the rematch.

NHL Recap - Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning - Nov 29, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Alex Killorn credits a little luck in his best ever offensive stretch.

NHL Recap - New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders - Nov 29, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The New York Islanders are brimming with confidence these days, thanks to a standout goalie and a newfound winning attitude.

NHL Recap - Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers - Nov 29, 2014 - CBSSports.com
The New York Rangers maintained their season-long mastery of the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon.