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The Wild showed some real gritz last night and battled back after being down 2-0 early in the game.

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And as a reward for all the Wild's hard work last night in "Smashville", they look like they will draw the Blues in the opening round of the playoffs. Unless the Avalanche decide to do us a solid and beat the Blackhawks in regulation, and we continue our road dominance and earn 2 points in against the Blues on Saturday (regulation, OT or SO is fine) we would then pull off the match up a lot of fans are dreaming of, and face the Predators in round 1. If we do our job, and the Avs figure out this hockey thing for just 1 game, the fans in Nashville will get at least 2 more opportunities to boo Ryan Suter before October. We all know how much they love to boo Suter (Yet not Shea Weber who forced their team to pay a kings ransom to keep him).

Besides lining ourselves up to face the Blues, how about that Darcy Kuemper kid, huh? He came out pretty shaky, and many a joke were cast on twitter and in our own game thread here. Yet after the opening 20 minutes, he turned into a brick wall, making some spectacular saves even to help the Wild find their legs and gut out their NHL record tying 12th-straight road victory. Proud of you kid, so proud!

Today's musical selection comes to us from the home of one Nate Prosser, Elk River. I actually played a show with these guys years ago on Cinco de Mayo. Good kids, fun kids, despite where they hail from. Here they are, Spoons and Chopsticks!

Wild News

Wild's Stewart relies on family, tough childhood as his backbone | Star Tribune
Stewart's life story reads like a rags to riches tale.

Why Chris Stewart Won't Be Re-Signed By The Minnesota Wild | Gone Puck Wild
They wont? Well now I'm depressed.

Celebrating Minnesota's five best hockey teams after 40 years | Star Tribune
It takes someone as old as Reusse to reflect back this far.

Keeping Composure - Minnesota Wild - Wild Xtra
With all the turmoil in the lineup and the season on a whole, composure is something one would believe the Wild have in droves.

Top players sit, Wild still wins 12th straight road game | Star Tribune
Russo recaps last nights action in "BOO-ville"

Minnesota Wild: Darcy Kuemper wins in return to lineup - TwinCities.com
After that shaky start, Kuemper got his legs under him and was actually pretty fantastic.

Tending the Fields

Aces winger Connolly All-ECHL Second Team | Alaska Dispatch News
With 31-46--77 totals in 61 games, the veteran winger leads the Alaska Aces in all three scoring categories and has reached career highs in all three.

Minnesota Wild Prospects: Dylan Labbe Signed to ELC | Gone Puck Wild
Defenseman Dylan Labbe has signed a 3-year, Entry-Level Contract with the Minnesota Wild effective at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season.

Michael Leighton's 35 saves lifts IceHogs past Wild | Des Moines Register
Iowa loses, again.

Off the Trail

2015 Frozen Four: Boston University, Providence advance to final - CBSSports.com
Boston University and Providence advanced to the national championship game with wins over North Dakota and Omaha, respectively.

Pavelec paves way to Jets’ first playoff berth back in Winnipeg | ProHockeyTalk
Big Buff would just eat the cup if the Jets were to get that far.

Calgary ousts Kings from playoff chase, punches postseason ticket | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
If the Kings booking early April tee times doesn't put a smile on your face, you need to see a doctor because your smiler is broken.

Vinny Lecavalier fights Keegan Lowe twice, gets vengeance in Round 2 (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
2 fights for Lecavalier? That guy has all the grits! Can we sign him?

NHL’s Daly: Ticket drive suggests that Vegas can support a team | ProHockeyTalk
For a season at least.

KHL club Sochi hasn’t paid players in two months | ProHockeyTalk
Playing for the love of the game I'm sure.

Jaromir Jagr of Florida Panthers passes Ron Francis on NHL points list - NHL.com - News
Yup, Jaromir Jagr is still playing hockey.

RECAPS!!!

NHL Recap - Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers - Apr 09, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning - Apr 09, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Boston Bruins at Florida Panthers - Apr 09, 2015 - CBSSports.com

NHL Recap - Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens - Apr 09, 2015 - CBSSports.com

Some Other Crap

Feisty Bert Blyleven Trashes Detroit | Deadspin
Oh Bert ... Never stop being you!