clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Wilderness Walk: Gone Streaking Edition

New, comments

The Wild dominated all phases of the game and had great games by too many guys to mention. They were even able to hold on to what has become a dreaded 3-goal lead this season, to defeat their nemesis. A shutout for Dubnyk, no points for Bickell and 2 points for the Kaptain

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Well, if anyone hadn't been paying attention to the Wild since the All-Star Break, they certainly have to now.  The Wild dominated every phase of the game against the Blackhawks (except for their weak PP) and beat the Blackhawks into submission, sending a raucous Excel Energy Center crowd into a frenzy throughout the game.  The best part was watching the Wild confidently play their brand of hockey and asserting it for a full 60 minutes against a key opponent they have struggled against in their own building.  It was the Wild's best statement win of the season.

This game featured outstanding performances from top to bottom, but there were individual performances that really stood out. Devan  Dubnyk earned the shutout. Jason Zucker, again, scored on the topshelf backhand.  Mikko Koivu played as well as #AngryMikko, and never even got angry.  And I can't say enough about Marco Scandella, who not only tied the team record for shots on goal by a defensemen (8, Brent Burns) but was once again an absolute beast on the blue line and erased Patrick Kane from relevance in this game.

For those looking at the standings, the Wild win combined with a Kings loss brought the teams even at 54 points.  A Dallas and Colorado tie score at the end of regulation led to both teams receiving one point and the Avalanche receiving two with a shootout win.  Combined with a late tilt between Winnipeg and Vancouver resulting in an OT win for the Canucks, the Wild Card race is amazingly tight with 5 teams within 5 points of the second spot and 6 within 7 points.  The Wild get their chance to catch the Avalanche on Saturday at the X.

We Walk today, as the Wild did last night, in the shoes of Daniel Larusso:

NOOGIE BONUS SONG!

Seemed befitting of last nights action.

Wild News

Wild skates by weary Blackhawks 3-0 at the X | Star Tribune
Russo says that Stella got her groove back.

Wild 3, Blackhawks 0: Minnesota makes statement with dominating win over old nemesis - TwinCities.com
#ItsHappening?

Matt Cooke could be out for the season; Jordan Schroeder recalled | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Well he wasn't shot into the sun, but we may not see Cooke again until next year.  Welcome back, Schroeder!

Wild: Matt Cooke's 'lower body' injury might sideline him rest of season - TwinCities.com
#FreeHaula.  Schroeder does a good job in Fonzy's absence.

Damned Lies and Statistics: Vanek a worse than a replacement level defender, and Granlund a one-dimensional but elite playmaker HashTagHockey

Tending the Fields

Wild: Jordan Schroeder recalled, Justin Fontaine placed on IR - TwinCities.com
The Wild are deep in their forward ranks.

The Ice Hole

Knee-on-knee hit sidelines Minnesota leading goal scorer Connor Reilly indefinitely :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online
Another blow to a struggling Gopher Men's team.

Beanpot Hockey
Follow the Beanpot tourney, as it was delayed due to #snownami

Off the Trail

2015 NHL Stanley Cup odds: Blackhawks, Ducks current favorites - CBSSports.com
Buffalo and Edmonton have been taken off the board completely.  You can no longer bet on them winning the Cup.

Blues D Kevin Shattenkirk to undergo abdominal surgery, out indefinitely - CBSSports.com
A tough blow for the notes.

Report: NHL suspended referee Tim Peel one game over bar photo - CBSSports.com
Naughty, naughty...

Fargo Zamboni driver arrested on suspicion of DUI - CBSSports.com
REALLY Naughty.

LOOK: San Jose Sharks can't escape #LeftShark meme - CBSSports.com
America can not get enough of #LeftShark.

WATCH: Headbanging Islanders fan dominates broadcast - CBSSports.com
At least you aren't this guy.

Recaps

NHL Recap - Winnipeg Jets at Vancouver Canucks - Feb 03, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues - Feb 03, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Toronto Maple Leafs at Nashville Predators - Feb 03, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars - Feb 03, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens - Feb 03, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Los Angeles Kings at Washington Capitals - Feb 03, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Florida Panthers at New York Islanders - Feb 03, 2015 - CBSSports.com