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I guess you could say...that was ICING on the wound.

The Wild suffered a disappointing loss at Nathan MacKinnon's (oh, and the Avs') hands.
The Wild suffered a disappointing loss at Nathan MacKinnon's (oh, and the Avs') hands.
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Just in case your new to Minnesota sports, welcome to Minnesota sports.

By the off-chance that any ostriches are reading this, the good guys lost last night. Spectacularly.

From a confident Marco Scandella literally jumping over opposing defensemen (and almost subsequently leading to the O'Reilly goal) to everyone but Clayton Stoner pulling a #Stoner2Hossa, you can't say the game wasn't entertaining. And boy, was that third period entertaining in the most masochistic Minnesotan of ways.

In the Wild's defense, they had everything going against them (from a Minnesotan perspective):

  • Holding a two goal lead going into the third.
  • Going an entire two and a half periods without a terribad Spurgeon pass that results in a goal against.
  • Having the opposing team start a back-up goaltender.
  • Nathan MacKinnon.
  • Momentum.
  • Prosser (even though he had a strong game) dressed instead of Blum.
  • Ryan Suter only played half of the game.
  • Pushing the net off its moorings rather than kicking it (because that's just A-OK).
  • Kyle Brodziak getting confident with the puck.
  • Oh, and Kyle Brodziak.

In all seriousness, this isn't the kind of vibe you won't going into your first post at HW, but so is the risk that goes with covering Minnesota sports. Haula and McCormick(aside from that "Hey! I'm a career 4th liner!" penalty) had very strong games from the 4th line. Matt Cooke was phenomenal in terms of being Matt Cooke. There was literally a point where two words came from his mouth and and five Colorado players immediately rushed up to him to give their insight. And take his lunch money. Zach Parise was an absolute beast on the boards and was the best player for the Wild last night. If someone could please .gif the play where he's battling two AvNots on the half-boards, has the puck deflected straight up in the air, and jumps over said AvNots to catch the puck in mid-air and deliver a clean pass back to the point. I know for a fact that it happened somewhere within the first period.

With (almost) all jokes aside, Jared Spurgeon turned in a pretty solid showing until he decided to fill the quota on his gamely turnover that potentially costs us the game. Jonas Brodin, however, was (and hasn't been) his old self. I really like the kid, but the decisions behind the net have been costing us games left and right all season. The same errors were evident back in 2013-2013, but this time around he doesn't have Ryan Suter to his left picking up the slack. Be better kid.

    Anyway, this loss definitely stings. But it's not all Jared Spurgeon's passing terribad- there will be another game tomorrow night at 8:30. You can catch it on the television, or better yet, fly out to Denver and score a scalped ticket.

Also, make sure to stick around Hockey Wilderness for coverage rolling in all day.

Let's look at some links, shall we?

Other Playoff Results

Schwartz ties game late, Steen scores winner in triple overtime (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports And that's why you don't bet on sports.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers - Recap - April 17, 2014 - ESPN- At least the Flyers gave their fans just one scapegoat...

NHL - 2014 playoffs: San Jose Sharks make statement with win over Los Angeles Kings - ESPN Well.

Wild News

Game Recaps

Wild suffers mile-high meltdown in OT loss to Colorado | Star Tribune Only.

Scoggins: Goal-scorers thrive early, until Stastny shines late | Star Tribune Pain.

Avalanche 5, Wild 4: Minnesota blows lead, loses playoff opener in OT - And.

Paul Stastny ties game, wins it in OT to give Avalanche Game 1 over Wild (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports More Pain.

NHL - 2014 playoffs: Colorado Avalanche go 'all-in' for gutsy Game 1 win - ESPN To.

Wild gives Game 1 away to the Colorado Avalanche | Russo's Rants | Be.

Missed opportunities in the 3rd period come back to haunt Wild in 5-4 overtime loss to Colorado | State of Hockey News Read.

Other News

Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche: Puck Daddy’s Tinder NHL playoff preview | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Well, he didn't see that coming.

Nate Prosser heard call of the Wild - And he also heard plenty of this last night (despite being +1).

Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper deemed better, but not ready - Anyone know if he can play RD?

Tom Powers: Wild falter, but they gave as good as they got - that optimism I'm sensing?

Brunette recalls being a hero for Wild in Roy's final game | Star Tribune "Zholtok crosses the line..."

Playoffs Flashback: 2007/08, Round 1, Game 1 vs Colorado Avalanche - Gone Puck Wild - A Minnesota Wild Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More Wild appear to be sticking with the good and old game plan.

Minnesota Wild 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Playbook What you need to know!

Avs News

Tom Powers: Expecting Blackhawks, Avs vow not to take Wild lightly - #AnyoneButThem

Colorado Avalanche: Wild's foe led by power of positive thinking - #AnythingButPositiveThinking

Avs captain Landeskog sets an example for teammates | Star Tribune #AnyoneButSuperSwedes

Off the Trail

Systems Analyst: Tampa’s tough reads, and how Dale Weise found himself alone in front in overtime | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | #MapleLeafing

2014 NHL playoffs Western Conference series storylines | Home Ice - Get'cha ya stories here!

2014 NHL playoffs Eastern Conference storylines | Home Ice - Get'em while they still cheap!

Why Sidney Crosby and the Penguins need to avoid engaging the Blue Jackets after whistles | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | But testosterone!

Ryan Getzlaf to play in Game 2 after facial laceration, ‘numerous’ stitches (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports Man, is that going to be an awesome scar. Just to share something about myself, I got Brayden Schenn'ed a little over a year a go and it looked like this.

Ryan Miller hopes to rectify trade to St. Louis not resigning with St. Louis?

Why is Mark Pavelich selling his 'Miracle on Ice' gold medal? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports For the kids!

Sabres radio station deals with lost draft lottery by singing 'Let it go' parody | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports The most Harrison Mooney thing ever to be done by not-Harrison Mooney.