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The Minnesota Wild shutout the Pittsburgh Penguins, which may not be as awesome as it sounds.

Justin K. Aller

Your Minnesota Wild shutout the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night and as awesome as that sounds, I have my doubts the Penguins were all there.

I decent 4-0 taking apart of one of the best teams in the East would have been very impressive had it happened earlier when the Penguins still had something to play for.  The performance, while impressive, was against a disinterested Penguins squad who earlier in the day had their position in the playoffs locked up.

I'll take it though.  The Wild can use every easy point they can get right now, thanks Pittsburgh.

Wild News

McCormick has goal, assist and Bryzgalov stops 20 shots to lead Wild past Penguins, 4-0 - The Hockey News
Just a face-punching session away from a Gordy Howe-Hat Trick.

Minnesota Wild drub Penguins 4-0 in front of record home crowd - TwinCities.com
Dismantle is a pretty strong word for a team that didn't show up in the first place.

Bryzgalov and the 4th line help lift the Wild to convincing 4-0 home win over Pittsburgh | State of Hockey News
In case you took an evening snooze during a period....

With plenty left to play for, Wild blanks Pittsburgh | Star Tribune
The Wild shutout the Penguins!!! A team that probably doesn't care too much about the loss.

Souhan: In a flash, Wild gets big boost from Haula | Star Tribune
All of a sudden, Haula is on Souhan's radar. It does make the case, if the Wild were to trade Granlund (sacrilege, I know!) then the person you compare the trade to is no who we get back, but Erik Haula himself.

Tending the Fields

Mallards even up playoff series with Rush
The Rapid City Rush and Quad City Mallards are settling in for a long haul in the Central Hockey League playoffs.

Laxidasicle Meanderings

Knighthawks down Swarm 15-14 in overtime as Swarm woes continue :: SportsPageMagazine.com
More struggles for the Swarm.

Off the Trail

John Tortorella among NHL coaches who could be sent packing soon - CBSSports.com
Hot-seat's a'plenty in the NHL of today!

Blues, Avs combine for 120 misconduct PIMs in third period | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Teams that won't meet in the first round, setting themselves up for a later altercation?

NHL Playoff Death Watch: So you’re saying there’s a chance for the Leafs? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Leafs always seem to have a chance, despite their flailing about late in this season.

NCAA hockey: Latest renewal of Gophers-North Dakota rivalry stirs memories - TwinCities.com
One of the finest rivalries in all of college sports.