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The Wild lost to Ovi and the Capitals last night in a close game. I'd blame Tony and Joe if I were you, they were there and DIDN'T do the wave.

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Unfortunately we come to you today after a tough loss at home for your Minnesota Wild last night who allowed my cat to get the best of them. It's not their fault really, he's a machine and cannot be stopped. To top it off, the Winnipeg Jets earned 2 points last night too, winning in a shootout against the St. Louis Blues. The Wild are now just a single point ahead of the Jets for the 7th seed in the West with the Blues coming to town tomorrow.

It's not all bad news though Wilderness! My nieces basketball team, the Eastview Lightning ladies will be playing for their 2nd consecutive state title on Saturday after beating St. Thomas last night. They will do battle against Hopkins who are sure to be a tough opponent for the Lightning ladies, but they will do their best and I have confidence that they will come out on top. GO LIGHTNING!

NHL fans unfortunately got some bad news yesterday as well. Matthew Wuest, the legend behind CAPGEEK passed away yesterday after a 2 1/2 year battle with colon cancer. He had a great love for the game and provided a reference most of us found indispensable. Our thoughts are with the entire Wuest family during this heartbreaking time. #FuckCancer

Lastly, I must apologize for my scarcity as of late. My family is in the process of moving so my time has been at a premium and I just have not had the kind of time you deserve from me. Everything will be back to normal as we turn the calendar over to April, but for about the next dozen days or so I will be mostly out of commission. I'll try to pop my head in every now and again to say hello. Thank you for your patience! Now, for your musical selection, one of my favorites, Rebulba by moe. LIVE!

FRIDAY BONUS SONG!

Ever come across one of those songs you haven't heard in years and then, POOF! It's stuck in your head for at least a week? This group has to have one of my absolute favorite band names ever, and they even put it to song. It's everything one should expect from a pop-rock video, catchy hook, steady beat, and lip-syncing that just screams we don't give a f$!# about shooting this damn video. So if you're rock'n'roll, disco, or a heavy metal angel, this one's for you.

Wild News

Wild: Nino Niederreiter looking good next to Mikko Koivu, Chris Stewart - TwinCities.com
Nino Niederreiter's 22 goals show he's a perfect fit on the line with Mikko Koivu, Chris Stewart.

Ovechkin scores twice in Washington's win over Wild | Star Tribune
Sorry about my cat guys. He's uncontrollable at times. It couldn't be helped.

Minnesota Wild can’t overcome Ovechkin’s 2 goals in 3-2 loss | State of Hockey News
Theresa Ferries checks in with the State of Hockey News recap of last nights action.

Ay Caramba, Matt Dumba - Along the Boards
Matt Dumba's rookie season has surprised some people, but his speed and powerful shot makes him a key component to the Wild's success down the stretch.

5 Intriguing Numbers from the Wild's Playoff Push | The Hockey Writers
The Minnesota Wild have undoubtedly been on fire lately. Let's take a look at some of the numbers that have helped get the Wild where it is now.

NHL Recap - Washington Capitals at Minnesota Wild - Mar 19, 2015 - CBSSports.com

Tending the Fields

Mallards end homestand with loss to Oilers | Quad-City Times
A disappointing end for the Mallards who were sitting pretty not too long ago are starting to feel a little tight around the collar.

On Frozen Pond

Four Gophers Earn All-American Status - University of Minnesota Official Athletic Site
Just 4? Slackers.

Off the Trail

Matthew Wuest, Metro Halifax sports reporter and CapGeek founder, dies of cancer | Metro
A very sad day for fans of hockey. Your work will be missed,RIP Matthew. #FuckCancer

NHL Draft Tank Powerless Rankings: Arizona races to the bottom | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It's hard work to be the worst of the worst.

Utah Grizzlies to honor military with creative specialty uniforms (Photos) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
These are pretty bad ass.

Video: Jagr scores 718th goal, passes Phil Esposito | ProHockeyTalk
This guy is still playing hockey?

Down Goes Brown: 10 of the NHL's strangest goaltending records | Down Goes Brown
Some goofy stats in this one. Without looking, what do you think is the most penalty minutes a goalie has received in a season? (HINT: You're probably wrong)

Recapping The GM Meetings - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Articles - Wild Xtra
GM meetings, where stupid rules find life, future trades find infancy, and GM's lose their balls on the golf course.

Mitchell Marner, 2015 NHL Draft Prospect, not letting size hold him back - Prospector Files
Getting to know your draft prospect.

Leafs running out of bad things to say about themselves | ProHockeyTalk
So are we.

RECAPS!!!

NHL Recap - Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens - Mar 19, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Detroit Red Wings at Florida Panthers - Mar 19, 2015 - CBSSports.com

Senators earn frenetic win, gain ground on Bruins in wild card race - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - San Jose Sharks at Toronto Maple Leafs - Mar 19, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars - Mar 19, 2015 - CBSSports.com