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NHL games are trickling to a close as the Winter Olympics are kicking into full swing.

Hannah Foslien

Welcome to the slow offseason Olympic break.

Wild News

Souhan: Can Wild ride recent success to playoffs? | Star Tribune
Everyone's favorite "hockey" writer knocks the team down a peg.

Wild GM Fletcher considering options during Olympic break | ProHockeyTalk
The Wild could use some help on the blue line.

Tending the Fields

Solar Bears open home stand with 4-1 win over Gwinnett |
Just 2:58 into the first period, Gwinnett grabbed the lead. A pass from the left corner from F Dirk Southern found F Marshall Everson in the low slot, and be blasted a one-time shot into the back of the net to give the Gladiators a 1-0 lead.

Levesque's hat trick spurs Mallards to victory
The largest crowd of the season for the Quad-City Mallards was treated to a show Saturday night.

Laxidasicle Meanderings

Know the drill: Roughnecks dig out 15-13 road win over Swarm | National Lacrosse League
The Swarm drop another one, at home.

Off the Trail

Frustrated over goalless season, Alex Burrows pulls Phil Kessel’s lustrous, flowing hair (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
After the hair pull Burrows could be seen violently slapping and kicking at Kessel.

Video: Stars take over second Wild Card spot in the West | ProHockeyTalk
The Dallas Stars are at the top of the log jam for the 8th and final spot for the Western Conference playoff


NHL Recap - Columbus Blue Jackets at San Jose Sharks - Feb 07, 2014 -
John McCarthy scored his first goal since 2010 to help the San Jose Sharks head into the Olympic break on a winning note after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Friday night.

NHL Recap - Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues - Feb 08, 2014 -
Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

NHL Recap - Calgary Flames at Philadelphia Flyers - Feb 08, 2014 -
Brayden Schenn and Scott Hartnell scored goals, Ray Emery stopped 32 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Saturday for their fourth straight win.

NHL Recap - Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins - Feb 08, 2014 -
Patrice Bergeron scored twice and added an assist as the Boston Bruins went into the Olympic break with a 7-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

NHL Recap - Vancouver Canucks at Toronto Maple Leafs - Feb 08, 2014 -
Phil Kessel scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Vancouver Canucks their seventh straight loss, 3-1 Saturday night.

NHL Recap - Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning - Feb 08, 2014 -
Alex Killorn scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period, Ondrej Palat had two goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Detroit 4-2 Saturday night in the Red Wings' 6,000th regular-season game.

NHL Recap - New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals - Feb 08, 2014 -
Julien Brouillette broke a scoreless tie with his first NHL goal midway through the third period, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 Saturday night in the teams' final game before the Olympic break.

NHL Recap - Anaheim Ducks at Nashville Predators - Feb 08, 2014 -
Ryan Getzlaf scored twice, Jonas Hiller made 36 saves and the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Sochi, 2014

N.H.L. Weighs Effects of Olympics -
About 140 of the N.H.L.’s best will participate in the men’s Olympic hockey tournament starting Wednesday in Sochi, Russia.

Why America's best chance for hockey gold comes from Minnesota | The Register Citizen
Forward Amanda Kessel is the most heralded University of Minnesota player on the U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team but the blue line is distinctly maroon and gold, with four current or former Gophers accounting for more than half of the defense corps.

Olympic Hockey Preview: Group C | Team of 18,001
Giles breaks down Group C Olympic rosters.