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Wilderness Walk: And then there were 2 (points) edition

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The Wild get a much-needed day off following a dramatic game in Winnipeg. The Wild managed to snag a point after #OneOfUs Dustin Byfuglien buried a beautiful shot over Devan Dubnyk's right shoulder. This likely leaves many in the Wilderness dreaming of bringing Big Buff home in a Wild sweater next fall.

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Considering the incredibly lifeless effort extended by the Wild in the first period, it is nothing short of a miracle the team escaped with a loser point.  Clearly decimated by the previous night's game against the Canucks and the loss of Jason Zucker and Ryan Carter from the lineup, the Wild sleep walked through Jets' barrage in the first frame.  Improbably, the team was able to weather the storm and escaped the period 0-0.  Poorly timed penalties killed the momentum they built through the next two periods, but the team came to life once they found themselves down a goal.  Jason Pominville continued to break out of his slump with another goal - which will be needed with Zucker out of the linueup.  The worst ending imaginable came true when hometown defector Dustin Byfuglien scored to trip up the Wild's winning streak in OT.  Devan Dubnyk continued his dazzling start to his Wild career, as the game could have easily ended up being 4-0 after the first period, but the Dub was sensational and earned his team a point in the contest.

The loser point leaves the Wild just 2 points shy of the Canucks and 7 behind the Jets, with the Stars and Kings lurking 1 point behind.  Next up for the Wild, the Florida Panthers, who last night beat the not-too-shabby Anaheim Ducks 6-2 and Carolina at home before heading back to Vancouver for a wildcard grudge match.  The Wild certainly control their destiny right now, and should find themselves in the playoffs if they take care of their own business.

Let's Walk, starting with a brief ode to the hometown defector, then something really fun:

Wild News

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Off the Trail

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