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Fantastic Fins are Fantastic.
Fantastic Fins are Fantastic.
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If you learned anything from last nights game, you don't need an almost handicapping-ly beard to block shots in Minnesota. Wow.

To those who missed both the game and last night's game recap, the young guns were on absolute fire. Mikael Granlund literally did everything. EVERYTHING. From being strong on the forecheck to keeping possession everywhere to setting up near perfect plays to blocking a series of shots without a stick, on the PK, with less than a minute left, in a 2-1 hockey game. Just to clarify, Erik Gudbranson, Brett Connolly and Alex Burmistrov (don't forget Nino!!!!) were picked before last night's #1 Star in the 2010 draft. #InFletchWeTrust

As much as NBC would like you to believe, FDG (Finnish Demi-God) didn't pull off the win alone. Justin Fontaine had a very, and I mean VERY, strong outing last night. Forechecking hard and effectively, finishing checks, and funneling AvNot wingers up the boards into a hit via Nino Niederreiter/Erik Haula. Speaking of the two, Nino was simply amazing on when it came to applying pressure to the oncoming breakout and really established himself as a physical presence behind the net. Give this guy a contract already.

But oh man, that OTHER Finnish youngster of the hour was, well, amazing, too. Establishing himself as an elite PKer in the league, Erik Haula picked off passes from the opposing PP in ways Minnesota hasn't seen for year. Matt Cooke didn't appear to be missed in any way, shape, or form on the PK. Don't even get me started on his forecheck and neutral zone play. (Hint: it was flawless.) The kid is something special, especially for a 7th round pick. Your move, Tyler Graovac.

Other than that, everyone played a pretty strong game. As per the usual, there was a costly breakout pass/clear that immediately resulted in a goal, but it was at the fault of Jonas Brodin's, apparently decided to meet Jared Spurgon's quota for him. PROGRESS!

Be sure to check along throughout the day, as we'll be throwing up our usual content....throughout the day.

Game Recaps

Hockey - NHL - Game Recap - Avalanche v Wild - #DONT

Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild - 04/24/2014

Wild limit Avalanche to 12 shots, tie series - NHL on CBC Sports - Hockey news, opinion, scores, stats, standings

Game 4 recap:  Colorado at Wild | Star Tribune

Tom Powers: Wild step on the gas and never let up -

Penalty kill comes up huge late as Wild hold on for 2-1 win over Colorado that ties the series at 2 games apiece | State of Hockey News


The Team of 18,001: Game 4 Notes


Wild News

Wild turn the tide -
Or did FDG really split the tide himself?

Charley Walters: First owner Bob Naegele has 'perma-grin' over Minnesota Wild -

It was 17 years ago that Bob Naegele Jr. first conferred with then-St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman about the long-shot possibility of bringing an NHL team to town. On Thursday night, more than 19,000 rabid fans jammed into the Xcel Energy Center to root for their hometown team in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Former Wild player Wes Walz on checking: 'I understood how scorers think; I was one' -

An honorary #OneOfUs speaking his mind.

Minnesota Wild: Veteran Dany Heatley handling less ice time like a pro -
What a champ.

Wild vs. Avalanche: Players don't 'call out' teammates -

I've got one of those types on my HS team, and its the worst. I was the first man in on the forecheck, drove the carrier to the boards and funneled him into a hit for F2, F2 finishes the check and I pin the carrier on the boards, and F3 decides to jump into the corner for no logical reason. Yet, F2 calls me out for not being the 3rd man high. /rant.

Hitting The Post: TDI 042514


Stanley Cup Playoffs Elevating Mikael Granlund's Level of Play

Because you haven't heard enough about the FDG.

Other News

Onward and upward: Thanks for everything from Backhand Shelf | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |

Hate to see them go, but they'll be back.

The greatest Patrick Kane goal celebration GIF of all-time | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Hey, Emilie.

Joey Hishon's long road from concussion recovery ends with NHL debut | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Eulogy: Remembering the 2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Jarome Iginla's OT goal helps Bruins take 3-1 series lead over Red Wings (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Meh. Less hockey.

LA Kings avoid elimination in 6-3 win over Sharks - Yahoo Sports
Meh. More hockey.