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Wilderness Walk: Cry Baby Edition

The Wild really took it to the Blues last night, dominating the game in pretty much every metric and facet imaginable. Despite Ott doing Ott things and Backes doing... well... Ott things, the Wild kept their cool, took Tony's advice, and gave the Blues the Blues (last one I promise).

The Wild will look to take a 3-1 lead tomorrow, but for today, let's walk. Meanwhile, Janice Joplin has some advice for the Blues:

Wild News

Wild 3 Stars of the Week | Gone Puck Wild
Ben Remington names the Wild's three stars for the first week of the playoffs.

Giles And The Goalies Podcast: The Governor's Goalie | Wild Xtra
Giles and Co. are back with some more hockey talk.

Unflappable: A Minnesota Wild Story | The Hockey Writers
A "how did we get here" story.

Parise, Granlund, Pominville break through big time | Star Tribune
This game... was nothing like game three from last year. So much better.

Minnesota Wild throttle St. Louis Blues 3-0 for 2-1 series lead |
"Ott continued to try to get under the skin of the Wild, and it yielded little more than a playful grin from Matt Dumba when Ott exaggerated a fall into the home bench."

Wild: Brian Rolston reflects fondly on days in Minnesota |
Ah, Rolston... my first named jersey.

How can the Minnesota Wild contain Vladimir Tarasenko? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Well, they figured it out OK last night...

Off the Trail

Taking Stock Of The Playoffs' First Five Days | Wild Xtra
So, we know the Wild lead the series 2-1... what's going on elsewhere? (Since some jerk forgot the recaps yesterday morning... GOSH).

Report: Oilers reach out to former Sharks coach Todd McLellan | theScore
DARN. I really thought I would be getting the call...

Islanders issue statement as Capitals fans claim homophobic, racist abuse | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Unacceptable for this to happen. As Stephen Burtch said it: "at what point do you think 'that guy wears a different colored shirt than I do, so I better beat him up'?"

Did NHL screw up draft lottery, Edmonton Oilers’ win? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Video: Jets fans celebrate return of playoff hockey with whiteout in Winnipeg | ProHockeyTalk
This is pretty neat.

Wilson expects Sharks to ‘bounce back very quickly,’ make playoffs | ProHockeyTalk
How'd that hole "Rip the C" work out for the Shorks?

NHL Weekend: The Lottery Aftermath (and Some Playoff Updates, Too) |

Recaps (for real today)

Anaheim Ducks at Winnipeg Jets

St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild

New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins