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Yesterday was just another day in the long history of kicks to the groin that is being a Minnesota sports fan.

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The Wild came out of the gate last night, looking like they have all season. Firing shots on net, but not getting the goals to go with them. This theme is beginning to wear a little thin on the Wild faithful. After the Wild's first 6 games this season they were sporting a sultry +13 goal differential and had only given up 6 goals against. In their last 7 games, they have allowed 23 goals against, and have seen their differential in those games drop to -5.

Now it's not that the Wild have stopped scoring goals. Through the first 6 they lit the lamp 19 times, in the last 7 they have scored 18 goals. Yet these last 3 have been painful. The Wild have been outscored 11-2 in the last 3 games, and you're just not going to go very far with those kinds of numbers.

For those of you that have kept up with our NASL team, Minnesota United FC, well, you didn't get much love yesterday either. It's a very homer argument to say you got jobbed by the refs, but sometimes the stars align just so, that there is really no other explanation. Missed calls, included a hand ball in the penalty area late in the game which would have given the Loons a penalty kick and likely sealed the deal. The game tying goal, scored while 2 Ft. Lauderdale Strikes were so clearly offsides it makes your head spin.

The Loons would hold on through 30 minutes of overtime, short a guy due to an injury and not having any subs left in the game, but lose in the 6th round of a penalty kick sessions to decide who gets to play in the finals. Yup, unlike hockey, you can advance in the playoffs on penalty shots.

Of course, if your a fan of the Gophers, they seemed to be on top of their game this weekend. In hockey as well as football.

Otherwise, just not a good day to be a Minnesota sports fan.

Wild News

Wild notes: Ballard returns; inconsistent Prosser scratched | Star Tribune
Injuries and an inability to score have led to some troubled times for the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota Wild fall to Canadiens for third straight loss - TwinCities.com
The Wild dropped another one on the road. Glaring mistakes and an inability to score goals have turned a promising start of the season into big questions.

Wild’s losing streak extends to 3 games after turnovers prove costly in 4-1 loss to Montreal | State of Hockey News
The State of Hockey News breaks down yet another loss.

Yeo to Wild: Leave your comfort zones | ProHockeyTalk
Yeah, that didn't work too well.

Tending the Fields

AHL: Iowa Wild drop another home game | Des Moines Register
Iowa’s Zack Mitchell and Marc Hagel both scored a goal and recorded an assist but the Wild lost 4-2 to visiting Chicago and extended its worst American Hockey League record to 2-9 Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

Wolves Overwhelm Wild 4-2 " CBS Chicago
The Chicago Wolves notched consecutive road wins for the first time this season as they edged the Iowa Wild 4-2 Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

On Frozen Pond

Gophers hockey: Minnesota routs Notre Dame 5-0 - TwinCities.com
The Gophers men's hockey team looked poised for a matchup with Notre Dame during the Ice Breaker Tournament in the first weekend of the season before an Irish loss derailed that opportunity.

Off the Trail

Guy Lapointe's No. 5 jersey retired by Montreal Canadiens - NHL.com - News
Habs retired Hall of Famer Guy Lapointe's No. 5, reuniting him with Serge Savard and Larry Robinson, the other members of Montreal's Big Three on D.

O Canada: How the Great White North's seven NHL teams fared in the first month of 2014-15 - Yahoo Sports
Count the Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks as the big surprises among Canada's seven NHL teams in the opening month of the 2014-15 season.

Antoine Roussel gets misconduct for 'classless' collision with Alex Stalock (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Kind of a crazy situation here. Roussel definitely in the wrong here, but Stalock was way out of his crease trying to play baseball.

Patrick Roy freaks over Nathan MacKinnon major, then everyone calms down (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Nathan MacKinnon, one dirty fucker!