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Wilderness Walk: Weathering the Storm Edition

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The Wild held strong through one of the most fast and furious barrages they have seen this season. The Isles proved to be the tough opponent we all expected, but the Wild held on for their 10th consecutive road win.

Dubnyk shuts the door.  Over and over and over.....
Dubnyk shuts the door. Over and over and over.....
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Anthony LaPanta said last night that if you'd have only watched the first six or seven minutes of the game, you would have thought the Wild were bound to lose by double digits.  Though I don't always buy in to the preposterous nature of The Panda's statements, he wasn't far off.  You'll hear that the Wild "weathered the storm" from several places - that storm made the Wild look like Helen Hunt and Bill Pullman Paxton in the final scene of Twister, belted down to pipes anchored in the ground while the mighty twister destroyed everything around them.  But through a miracle named Devan Dubnyk, the Wild escaped the period holding strong and keeping the Isles off the board.  The Wild came back to life as the game wore on and earned their way into overtime by Parise #Gritz.  Once their legs woke up, the Wild played playoff caliber hockey.

That's the way you want your team heading into the playoffs - playing great hockey.  They held strong against a hungry and proven offense, and maintained through one of the most fun-to-watch overtime periods of the year.  Elsewhere, the Kings put down the Rangers 4-2, the Blues beat the Penguins in OT, and the Jets tangled with the Canucks in Vancouver and were not able to gain ground on the Wild as they fell 5-2.

The Wild get a much needed day of rest following the eventful back-to-backs, just in time to get ready for pivotal back-to-backs against the Flames and Kings at the X.  Both of those teams are battling for the 3rd slot in the Pacific and will be desperate for points.  We continue to get fun and meaningful games in the forecast.

And now we Walk.

Wild News

NHL -- Minnesota Wild went from misery to contenders in half a season - ESPN
From "easy to play against" to feared playoff matchup

Wild makes final trip to Nassau Coliseum; Dubnyk awesome on the road; Brodziak injured | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
Russo dishes on what could be his final game trip to Nassau.

Faceoffs, Faceoffs, Faceoffs! - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
The Wild don't have much going beyond the Kaptain.

Wild's Thomas Vanek, Islanders have successfully moved on - TwinCities.com
Seems to have worked out best for both parties.

Thomas Vanek: Isles' move to Brooklyn was deterrent in re-signing | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
He took 4 years and $30 million less so he didn't have to commute between the island and Brooklyn.  #TotallyWorthIt.

Tending The Fields

Wild willing to sign draftee Mario Lucia, who will mull his options | Star Tribune
TORONTO – Now that Notre Dame’s season is over, Wild prospect Mario Lucia will return home to Wayzata during the Easter holiday for a family discussion regarding his future

On Frozen Pond

Gopher women's hockey team celebrates national championship
Can't get enough of that big win!

WCHA season wrap: Ferris State Bulldogs recover too late - Along the Boards
In the wake of the conference playoffs, Along the Boards revisits its preseason WCHA predictions, highlighting Ferris State's fall from lofty expectations.

Minnesota vs. Michigan Hockey Photos, Big Ten Championship
Relive the Big 10 Tourney, because we know you weren't there.

Off The Trail

Hearts And Minds: The Troubling Trend Of NHL Media As A Weapon - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Information is power, they say. But is the way the NHL uses it changing for the worse?

Which Overtime Format Should the NHL Adopt?
The NHL wants to adopt a new overtime rule, but there are pros and cons for both options.

Reimer confident in a revival - someday - Article - TSN
Looking for a Dubnyk-like revival.

Report: Ilya Kovalchuk looking at possible NHL return in 2016 - CBSSports.com
Will anyone let him?

Recaps

NHL Recap - Los Angeles Kings at New York Rangers - Mar 24, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - St. Louis Blues at Pittsburgh Penguins - Mar 24, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Anaheim Ducks at Columbus Blue Jackets - Mar 24, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Arizona Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings - Mar 24, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning - Mar 24, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Montreal Canadiens at Nashville Predators - Mar 24, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Winnipeg Jets at Vancouver Canucks - Mar 24, 2015 - CBSSports.com

Wild willing to sign draftee Mario Lucia, who will mull his options | Star Tribune