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It took some time to find that first goal last night, but whence they did, the floodgates opened for the Wild.

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The Minnesota Wild waited till the 3rd period to start punching pucks past Jhonas Enroth of the Dallas Stars, but they certainly made up for lost time when they finally did. Holy smokes! With 6 goals piled high in the 3rd period for the Wild, they took what was a slightly slow rolling game into a full blown explosion of a fireworks shop. In fact, according the the NBC crew last night, the Wild faithful at the X were even chanting "6" throughout the 3rd period! That's completely new to me. I've heard the "Sieve" chant a bunch, but 6? We hadn't even scored 6 goals at that point yet. In conclusion, NBC crew, you be dumb!

so stupid

So the night ended with a bang, and even some great news for your favorite team as we walk into this day. The Wild pushed their way back into the playoff picture folks, and may I present to you that picture!

wildcard standing 2-23-2015

Would you look at that folks. The Wild are officially 7th in the West, which is still just good enough for the 2nd wild card spot because of the Pacific Division having to field at least 3 teams. We are just 2 points behind the Winnipeg Jets with 2 fewer games played. Look a little further up the standings, and I was almost surprised to see the Wild are just 6 points behind the Chicago Blackhawks now with 1 fewer game played. With just 23 games left for the Wild, anything is possible, who knows where they might end the season.

Lets not get too far ahead of ourselves though. Looking below us in the standings we have the Calgary Flames even in games played and just 1 point behind us. The San Jose Sharks are still hanging around as well and with the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche clinging to hope, anything is certainly possible. It's not just about what's above us anymore, but what is below us in a very fluid Western Conference playoff race.

If the playoffs started today, we'd draw the Nashville Predators who have, as rumor has it, been quite the formidable opponent this season. The standings aren't going to do much changing today with just 4 teams in action and none of them matter much in the Wild's hopes for the post season. We've got the Arizona Coyotes at the New Jersey Devils and the late game is the Detroit Red Wings at the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

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Wild News

Wild 6, Stars 2: Six-goal third sinks Dallas -
Brian Murphy with your recap out of the East side fish wrap factory.

Six Goal 3rd Period Powers Wild to 6-2 Victory Over Dallas | State of Hockey News
Felska scores a few points with me here. I'm sure my hatred of the Stars is right on par with his here. #NeverForget

Wild notes: Wild's thoughts about Winter Classic are chilling | Star Tribune
An outdoor game in Minnesota, in the winter? Who would have thought it might actually be cold?

Six-goal third period carries Wild to blowout, into top eight in West | Star Tribune
It's been a long time since the Wild ended the night in a playoff spot.

Tending the Fields

Fedotenko scores twice as Wild beat Admirals | Des Moines Register
The Iowa Wild find a nice win on the road against the Milwaukee Admirals.

Mallards offense wakes up in Brampton : Notebook-digest
Mallards had a bit of an offensive explosion yesterday as well.

Another Aces loss, and their playoff hopes dim | Alaska Dispatch News
Things however are not looking up for the Alaska Aces.

On Frozen Pond

Edina senior forward Taylor Williamson named winner of 20th annual Ms. Hockey Award | Star Tribune
Congrats to Taylor for her outstanding season. She lead Edina into The Tourney and commited to the Gophers hockey program as well.

Off the Trail

Sharks fans bring their own ‘snow’ to Stadium Series game | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I'm sure the East coast could have shipped them some extra snow.

Video: Rask slashes Versteeg in frustration following a Blackhawks’ goal | ProHockeyTalk
Looks like it was an accident, but really, who hasn't wanted to slash a Hawks player before?

Video: A look at Team USA’s dressing room, Lake Placid’s Miracle exhibit | ProHockeyTalk
JR Takes a peak behind the curtain.

Video: Caps’ Niskanen knees Flyers’ Couturier | ProHockeyTalk
Couturier kind of left his leg out in no-mans land on this one. I'm not willing to crucify Niskanen on this one.

Hockey analytics add evaluation tools for NHL executives - Sunday Long Read
The NHL has revamped their stats page. Get an overview of what's new here.

Video: Ryan Miller injured during collision with teammate | ProHockeyTalk
This doesn't look good. Never a good thing when your goalie starts pounding his fists into the ice.


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