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The Wild managed to push the game into the extra frame last night, but came up short in the end.

The Golden Knee!
The Golden Knee!
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I can't but help feel partially responsible for last nights loss. I missed the game almost entirely. About the only portion of last nights action I did see was when I stepped out from the kitchen to find the refs reviewing some weird non-goal that actually ended up being a goal. How odd was that?

A goofy circumstance to be sure, but I'm sure at least nobody around these parts was complaining. A gift from the hockey gods, Lord Stanley be praised!

Today, we're bringing it back to the old school with some music that while riotous, spawned all sorts of evil to crop up (I'm looking at you Fred Durst).

Wild News

Minnesota Wild burned by poor goaltending, fall in OT -
Yikes, can it get much worse for poor Kuemper right now?

Game Recap: Wild Drop Three Straight Games, Predators win in OT - Gone Puck Wild
Although they earned a point in overtime, the Wild drop three straight games. Last night, they lost 6-5 to the Predators.

Wild fall 6-5 in overtime in high scoring affair against Nashville | State of Hockey News
Relive last nights action through the State of Hockey News recap.

Marco Scandella shot turned to goal after NHL review | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
For those of you who say the NHL has never given the Wild a gift.

Wild postgame: More of the same | Russo's Rants |
Russo with his take on last nights mayhem.

NHL Recap - Nashville Predators at Minnesota Wild - Dec 20, 2014 -
Mattias Ekholm picked a good time for his second career goal. - Tony Dean - WildHBcommunity:Tired Narratives from an Avoidance Specialist a Tale of Yeo
I think the Narrative Slayer would have a thing or two to say about ... narratives.

MN Wild Sixer: The Hook - Articles - Articles - Articles - Wild Xtra
The rehashing of an old tale.

Off the Trail

Top 10 hockey social media moments of 2014 (Puck Daddy's Year In Review) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I didn't make the list, fer shame!

Oilers AHL affiliate Barons to cease operations -

Will NHL hockey work in Las Vegas? - Las Vegas Sun News
Are you getting sick of all the NHL to Vegas talk yet?

The NHL, the mumps, and the 'gross' game of hockey - Yahoo Sports
Wait, a locker room is a less than sanitary place to hang out? I won't hear anything of the sort!

Jannik Hansen of Vancouver Canucks collapses on bench - - News
Scary moment in Vancouver last night.

Buffalo Sabres navigate early season struggles, finding success - - NHL Insider
Is Buffalo on the verge of making a few leaps into contention? Or are we witnessing the Oilers 2.0?

Dennis Wideman feathers own-goal 200 feet against Vancouver | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I don't think I've ever seen this happen before. An own goal on a delayed penalty. WOW!


NHL Recap - St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks - Dec 20, 2014 -
Joe Thornton figured he would just toss the puck into a dangerous area and trust that someone would be there.

NHL Recap - Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks - Dec 20, 2014 -
Chris Tanev celebrated his 25th birthday in style Saturday night with a game-winning goal that snapped the Canucks out of their slump.

NHL Recap - Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins - Dec 20, 2014 -
Derrick Pouliot enjoyed one of the best days of his young life, playing a key role in another win for the surging Pittsburgh Penguins.

NHL Recap - Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets - Dec 20, 2014 -
The Columbus Blue Jackets had lost 13 consecutive times to the Chicago Blackhawks in a span of almost four years.

NHL Recap - Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens - Dec 20, 2014 -
Brendan Gallagher helped the Montreal Canadiens cap a great homestand with another win.

NHL Recap - Philadelphia Flyers at Toronto Maple Leafs - Dec 20, 2014 -
Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Philadelphia needed a little time to get up full speed against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NHL Recap - New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes - Dec 20, 2014 -
The New York Rangers kept pressing after they had a tying goal waved off.

NHL Recap - Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders - Dec 20, 2014 -
Once the New York Islanders finally figured out 20-year-old goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, doing it again proved to be simple.

NHL Recap - Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils - Dec 20, 2014 -
Speed, strength, talent and depth. The Washington Capitals had it all against the New Jersey Devils and it showed.

NHL Recap - Arizona Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings - Dec 20, 2014 -
On the third anniversary of his hiring as coach of the Los Angeles Kings, Darryl Sutter's squad delivered a solid two-way performance complete with superb special-teams play at both ends of the rink.

Shameless Self Promotion

As you may or may not be aware, last year I participated in the Polar Plunge. If you are unfamiliar with this event what it is is basically a fundraiser which benefits the Special Olympics of Minnesota. Well it's about that time of year again. I have once again registered to take the plunge. That's right sports fans! For your money, I will leave my perfectly warm home, and jump into a hole the cut in the ice on lake Calhoun. I had an absolute blast doing this last year, although the "steam room" that was promised post jump was not steamy at all, and in fact was just really a place to get out of the wind. So, if you have a few extra bucks laying around, the Special Olympics of Minnesota would be happy to take it off your hands. Click here to make your donation. Thank you in advance for your generosity!