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Wilderness Walk: Tearing Down the Wall

The Wild fought through their injury bug and put on a nice show against their Central Division foes.

More points for the good guys
More points for the good guys
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Not only did the Wild survive against their neighbors to the North, but put on a show in the process.  Mike Yeo was able to discover some instant chemistry after flipping Thomas Vanek and Charlie Coyle between the second and third lines.  The change set off a scoring barrage by the Wild as Vanek clicked with the struggling Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville duo.  And the outburst came shortly after Kurtis Gabriel did what he was brought up to do - had his first NHL fight in his first NHL game.  And more importantly, the Wild escaped without additional injury against the heavy game of the Jets.

The Wild started the Jet's 4-game trip through the Central Division the way the should have and hopefully set the tone to put the Wall even further in the rear view mirror in the standings.  The Wild have a day off to prepare for the Carolina Hurricanes before going on one of this year's most anticipated trips to Dallas, where they will face off against the Central Division-leading Stars.

Here's another look at a goal scorer's goal, because you just can't see it enough.

I am currently immersed in a world of disco, and I've decided to share that with you.  Let's get our funky Walk on.

Wild News

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Resiliency - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
The most memorable comeback was in Colorado when the Wild opened the season. Down 4-1, the Wild stormed back with four third period goals to win 5-4, including a hat trick for Zach Parise.

Wild winger Gabriel overcomes adversity to make NHL debut -
The proudest person in Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night will be Kurtis Gabriel’s mother, Kim.

Minnesota Wild: A Tale Of Two Finns | The Hockey Writers
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Saluting our Soldiers, or is it Faux Patriotism with Minnesota Wild and other professional sports teams? | State of Hockey News
SOHN opines about the recent news concerning sports teams accepting money from the military

Tending The Fields

Lake Erie Monsters rally to sweep past Iowa Wild, 3-2 |
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On The Frozen Pond

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Off The Trail

'Family' bonds on display as 2015 HHOF class takes its place -
Nicklas Lidstrom , Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos Jr. and Bill Hay took their place in the Hall of Fame Monday

Hockey Hall of Fame 2015: 10 memorable moments from induction ceremony | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed its Class of 2015 on a night that featured some touching speeches, a few chuckles and a lot of love for Steve Yzerman.

NHL GMs to review coach's challenge - Article - TSN
But will they add a flag?

Habs reclaim No. 1 spot in NHL Power Rankings - Article - TSN
Wild hold steady

Weekend Takeaways: It's time to increase the net size -
While larger nets won't be on their list of discussion topics when NHL GMs meet in Toronto this week, more and more folks in the business are at least talking about the possible benefits of slightly increasing the size of goal nets.


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