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Wilderness Walk: Drilling the Oil Edition

The Wild put Connor McDavid and the Oil in their place at the X last night.

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Who drilled who?
Who drilled who?
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The Wild found a way to hold on against the young team from Edmonton as the Wild blue line broke their relative scoring silence in big way.  Ryan Suter and Marco Scandella got their first goals of the season and Charlie Coyle scored 43 seconds before Ryan Suter in the 3rd period for a comeback win.  The only goal scored by the Wild defense previously came from Matt Dumba, so it was some much welcomed offense from the back end.

The Wild now have two days to prepare for a tough back-to-back against Chicago at the X on Friday and the Blues in St. Louis on Saturday.  The Goaltenders will each see a game as Darcy Kuemper looks to shake off a poor showing in Winnipeg that was not entirely his fault.  Dubnyk found another way to win tonight, and one might wonder if he would start in St. Louis, as his record against them in a Wild jersey is stellar.  But the Wild may want to put their best foot forward with the team that methodically bounced them from last year's playoffs, so it will be an interesting story to keep tabs on.

Today's musical selection is from another local favorite and amazing talent, Heatbox.  You can find him around the Twin Cities pretty often.  We Walk.

Wild News

Quick third-period goals help Wild rally past Edmonton 4-3 -
Ryan Suter scored his second goal of the game and Charlie Coyle his third of the year 43 seconds apart in the third period to help the Wild remain one of two unbeaten NHL teams at home

Wild show first crack in goal with Devan Dubnyk's knee injury -
We hope this turns out to be nothing, as stated.

The Early Surprises - Articles - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
First, the good:Zach Parise is tied for second in the NHL in goals, with 7.

Healthier Vanek is off to hot start for the Wild -
Vanek, who had major abdominal surgery in June after playing the entire second half with a sports hernia and a torn groin, said his solid play just comes down to being healthy.

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild defeats Texas for first home victory this season
The Wild defeated the Texas Stars 3-2, improving their record to 2-3-1-1 on the year.

On the Frozen Pond

Top-10 Battle Pits Gophers Against UND - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site
No. 1 Minnesota travels to No. 7 North Dakota for a Thursday/Friday series this week.

Skill Building

Elite Hockey Minds on the Skill Revolution
Strategy evolves over time

Off the Trail

Even with shutout, did Ducks buy Boudreau a little time? - Article - TSN

Babcock frustrated; Leafs stuck on one win - Article - TSN
No one is surprised.

McDavid controversy proves NHL replay far from perfect -
The bar never stops being raised when it comes to video replay in sports. The deeper the leagues delve into video review, the more fans demand they drill down even further.

Jeremy Roenick jumps on live alligator (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Roenick is not smart.


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