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It's do-or-die for the Minnesota Wild tonight at the Xcel Energy Center.

"No, your offside-committing ass does NOT get a hug, Paul."- Clayton Stoner, I wish.
"No, your offside-committing ass does NOT get a hug, Paul."- Clayton Stoner, I wish.
Hannah Foslien

This is it, folks.

If the Wild win this one, they can go to Game 7 in Colorado. If not, they go home.

Please stay with Hockey Wilderness throughout the day for a Mat Dumba update from Tiffany, a new writer from our site who follows the Portland Winterhawks and WHL, more talk about tonight's game, and Episode 5 of the Hockey Wilderness Podcast, featuring Cheryl Bradley from Mile High Hockey, as well as a poetry slam!

Here are your links!

Last Night's Playoff Results

Blackhawks win four-straight, eliminate Cup-favorite Blues | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Ducks eliminate Stars in comeback, overtime victory | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

2014 NHL playoffs: Rangers push Flyers to brink with 4-2 win in Game 5 | Home Ice - SI.com

Wild News

Wild tries to regain even keel after Game 5 frustration | Star Tribune- And so am I, for that matter.

Jim Souhan: Former fill-in goalie Kuemper can't afford to crack now | Star Tribune

Wild notes: 6-on-5 play has swung series, Koivu says | Star Tribune- The Wild would have won this series by now if not for it.

Wild's Mike Yeo wants players to 'embrace the challenge' of must-win Game 6 - TwinCities.com

Wild: Lack of goals from top scorers doesn't worry Yeo - TwinCities.com

Tom Powers: Smallish Wild need to play big in this one - TwinCities.com- If you'd rather watch his article, this is basically it. (Mild Anatomical Language: Use discretion)

Wild re-evaluating defense against 6-on-5 - TwinCities.com

Wild: Matt Duchene could return to Avs lineup for Game 6 - TwinCities.com

Wild's Marco Scandella has a couple of fans for life - TwinCities.com- This is a really nice story.

Poor Officiating Changes Series Momentum Against Minnesota Wild- In case you want to re-visit Game 5. *shudders*

Terrible non-calls lead to Colorado Avalanche victory in game 5

Off the Trail

30 Thoughts: Players can't be boss of NHL teams | Hockey | CBC Sports

Conn Smythe Watch: Tuukka vs. Toews | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Blues Are Broken And It's Time to Make Changes - St. Louis Game Time- Did you guys know that Alex Pietrangelo and the Blues aren't physical enough? Read all about it here!

Be Mad, Dallas Stars Fans. But Be Happy, Too, After Game-Six Loss to Anaheim Ducks - Defending Big D- Dallas has a bittersweet moment here.

LA Times columnist suggests Donald Sterling buy hockey team to avoid blacks | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- What a charming recommendation for a charming human being in Sterling!