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Did you let doubt creep in last night? Were you one of the many, many people who took up arms on social media demanding justice for the Wild coming out completely flat footed to start the season? Did you, stop believin'? I wouldn't blame you. I mean, I would blame you if you were ready to pack it in for the season after just 40 minutes of hockey. That would just be ridiculous!

So that was one hell of a 3rd period now wasn't it? How about that Zach Parise kid? He's pretty good at the hockey and notched his first hat-trick in a Wild uniform in an amazing come from behind victory over the wayward Colorado Avalanche. I can tell you though, as much fun as it was is to have hockey back, if this team is going to play all 82 games like they did last night they will indeed give me a heart attack and simultaneous stroke. Hopefully they got that out of their system last night and we can move on to some regular games now.

Wild News

Video: Wild score four in 5:07 for shock win in Colorado | ProHockeyTalk
I know it's just game 1, but man I'm going to be coming back to this one for awhile.

Wild edges Avalanche with four-goal third period - StarTribune.com
Holy smokes that was a fun 3rd period!

NHL Recap - Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche - Oct 08, 2015 - CBSSports.com

Tending the Fields

Iowa Wild open season with veteran roster | Des Moines Register
Winning while developing will be the goal for the Iowa Wild this season. They can't really win less than last year, so we might see improvement this go around.

On Frozen Pond

Gophers Open Season with U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site
The Goofers open their hockey season this weekend.

On-ice chemistry fuels Gophers top line | mndaily.com - The Minnesota Daily
Hannah Brandt and Dani Cameranesi are a couple of power house forwards for the lady Gophers, and look to continue their success this season.

Off the Trail

Fans unite through #RaiseTheBanner, #NotMyNHL to raise awareness of sexual assault | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Why Dustin Brown wasn’t suspended for ‘head butt’ on Logan Couture | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I'm shocked I say! SHOCKED! The clean as yellow snow Dustin Brown would do something like this? Must have been a doppelganger.

After 10 years of Crosby vs. Ovechkin, you ready for McDavid vs. Eichel? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I've always been an Ovi guy, hence my cat Ovi!. I guess now I'm an Eichel guy too, although in reality I'm fairly impartial on this one.

Buffalo's Jack Eichel fires a power play goal in first NHL game (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Why do I keep hearing about this kid? Is he good at hockey or something?

Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever | ProHockeyTalk
I don't know about that. I mean, hockey is pretty awesome and all, but is anything about it really the "greatest thing ever".

Third-goalie option a must in NHL today - Unmasked | NHL.com
The Wild and the Flames are apparently ahead of the curve.

Raffi Torres apologizes for Silfverberg hit, accepts 41-game suspension | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Oh, well that makes everything better then.

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