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Wilderness Walk: A Step Back from the Brink Edition

The Wild's 3rd period heroics scored them a regulation win against the Coyotes.

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Christian Petersen

So, how many of you have a headache after last night?

The Minnesota Wild were able to secure a valuable regulation win against the Phoenix Coyotes last night in Arizona.  Zach Parise scored twice and Jared Spurgeon gets himself out of everyone's doghouse after scoring last nights game-winner.

Here are your updated Western Conference wildcard playoff race standings:

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Next up for the  Wild are the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow night out in L.A.  It's a 9 pm start time for those of you in the central time zone, so maybe try to get a nap in if you can.

Wild News

Wild digs down deep for key victory at Phoenix | Star Tribune
The Wild started out pretty slow last night, but as the game rolled along they came soaring back and took control.

Minnesota Wild: Win over Phoenix forges a sliver of breathing room - TwinCities.com
Chad Graff breaks down the Wild's huge win in Arizona.

Gigantic comeback victory by the Wild in Phoenix | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
The Wild build some cushion between them selves and the Coyotes in the wild-card race.

Tending the Fields

Hockey: Iowa Wild snap 5-game skid on road | The Des Moines Register
Iowa stops the bleeding in a win over Toronto.

Mallards lock up fifth seed with win over Chill
The Mallards lock down their own playoff birth.

Orlando Solar Bears met the Evansville Iceman hoping to land a ECHL playoff spot - Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Solar Bears with a win and help from a Cincinnati Cyclones' victory over the Florida Everblades Saturday night, could clinch a spot in the ECHL playoffs.

Laxidasicle Meanderings

Raid-ers: Roughnecks chase Swarm out of the 'Dome, 15-11 | National Lacrosse League
Calgary sends the Swarm back home with another loss.

Off the Trail

VIDEO: Blackhawks prank rookie Matt Carey in his NHL debut - CBSSports.com
The Chicago Blackhawks' veteran players played a little prank on rookie Matt Carey during warmups as the 22-year-old was making his NHL debut.

Three goals, 10 seconds: Fastest hockey hat trick ever, scored by 8 year old? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Brayden MacIntosh of Hanover, Ont., scored three goals in 10 seconds this week in a WOAA championship tournament final against the Goderich Sailors.

Gophers hockey: Minnesota dispatches Robert Morris in NCAA regional - TwinCities.com
Nothing like a 7 - 3 victory to get your confidence up going into the next round.

NCAA hockey: Huskies clinch overtime win against Notre Dame
With Notre Dame losing in overtime, any dreams of a Lucia battle between coach and son are out the window.

Badgers fall to North Dakota in NCAA Hockey Tourney " Big Ten Network
North Dakota gets a late game goal to break a 2 - 2 tie and move on in the NCAA tournament.