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Wilderness Walk: Back In It Edition

Series is even! Now the real fun begins...

Hannah Foslien

What a game Wild fans!

The dominance at home continued with a great effort which saw the Wild outshoot the Blackhawks 31-20 and ultimately win 4-2.  But like they always say, it ain't a series until you win on the road!  The series suddenly becomes a best of 3, with Chicago holding the home-ice advantage.  Time to dig deep.

Mike Yeo stressed to his team after the game that they need to stay focussed.  The Wild live to fight another day, but it's not going to get any easier.  A Game 5 victory in Chicago would be absolutely huge.

On to the Walk.

Wild News

Game Recaps

Wild trips Blackhawks to even series | StarTribune

Blackhawks showing signs of frustration as Wild even series with terrific effort | Russo's Rants | Lots of good post-game tidbits.

Wild postgame: Third line, Bryzgalov's save and an amazing crowd| StarTribune- I've never heard so many people compliment the Xcel crowd.  Well done, fans!

Wild 4, Blackhawks 2: Minnesota makes it a best-of-three series -

Wild rip Blackhawks 4-2 to tie series 2-2 - Insight from the Chicago perspective.

Souhan: Game 4 victory shows Wild can play with and beat the best | Star Tribune- The Wild certainly seem to step up their game when playing the league's elite.  A series win could earn the team a lot of respect around the league.

Minnesota Wild even second round series with Chicago Blackhawks- Chad Graff's take on Game 4.

Other Wild News

Minnesota Wild ice 6 skaters for 15 seconds, get away with it (Photo) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Yeah...they kind of got away with one there.

Minnesota Wild are ridiculously dominating foes on home ice | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Games 3 and 4 against Colorado certainly inflate the statistics, but domination at the X continues.  Best part of last night's win was that it guarantees another home game.

Minnesota Wild Fans Thankful For Chuck Fletcher Following NFL Draft- Rick Spielman gets a lot of undeserved criticism.  Hopefully that Bridgewater pick can pan out.

Cooke back and rarin' to go - A lot of people thought Cooke might be a bit rusty after missing two weeks.  Not the case as he provided a lot of great energy.

Charley Walters: Wild's young talent impresses Scotty Bowman - They're impressing more than just Bowman.

Enemy News

Road woes: Lackluster Blackhawks drop Game 4 to Wild | CSN Chicago

In short, penalties a killer for Blackhawks - The Wild power play has finally been somewhat effective.  Hopefully we can all forget the shorthanded goals of Round 1...

A Tale of Two Coaches: Quenneville vs Carlyle - Second City Hockey- A great comparison between two veteran coaches.

Off The Trail

Rangers Game 5 win an emotional one for St. Louis | ProHockeyTalk- The Rangers take a crucial Game 5 in Pittsburgh.  Gotta feel for St. Louis after an emotional last few days.

Cristobal Huet's diving save helps France beat Canada at World Championships | Puck Daddy- Go Team France!  Sorry Canada, that's pretty embarrassing.

NHL Grab Bag: P.K. Subban’s Hall of Fame Week- Sean McIndoe's always hilarious weekly grab bag.

Three Little Words: Too Many Men | Longform - An in depth look at one of hockey's oldest rivalries: Montreal vs. Boston.

Jimmy Howard surprises fan prior to her preventative double-mastectomy surgery (Video) | Puck Daddy- Jimmy Howard continues to be a likable guy.

Canucks Need To Make Barry Trotz A Priority- Trotz in Vancouver could be interesting and very effective.

2014 NHL playoffs: Boston's Dougie Hamilton thriving under the spotlight - Hamilton gets overshadowed by Boston's other stars, but he's quietly put up a great season.

Evgeni Malkin destroys Rangers' defense, scores video-game goal (Video) | Puck Daddy- And finally, watch this gem if you missed it last night.