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Wilderness Walk: Once More Unto the Breach

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What a great win, Wilderness... the Wild are through the big, bad, Blues and are into the second round again. And, again, they will be facing the Chicago Blackhawks, who are fresh off dispensing with the Nashville Predators. The Wild have their work cut out for them, and will need to play more possession-driven hockey than they did against the Blues to win.

We recorded a podcast last night, so look for that to be posted today, but for now, let's get to the Walk.

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Wild News

Wild knocks off division champ for second straight year, wins series at home for first time | Russo's Rants |
For the second year in a row, the Wild is among the final eight NHL teams standing.For the third straight year, the Wild will face the Blackhawks...

Instant Reaction: Wild Beat Blues 4-1, Win Series 4-2 | Wild Xtra
The Wild move on to round 2, against their old nemesis.

Tide Turned | Wild Xtra
Masonloft takes us through Scandella's game-tying goal from game 5.

Wild win | Star Tribune
All we need to know.

Wild's Justin Fontaine makes his presence felt with deciding goal |
Fonzie, bein' cool.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk heading to second round on a roll |

Wild's Zach Parise comes up big in the clutch ... again |
Does this mean it's time to #RipTheC???

Wild aim to get past Chicago Blackhawks this time |
What's that saying about a monkey and a back?

Wild close out Blues with historic home win |
First time ever the Wild have won a series on home ice... #Progress

Zach Parise's pair leads Wild over Blues, into second round | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Woof... 2 BAAAAAAAD goals for Allen.

Is this the year it all comes together for Minnesota? | ProHockeyTalk
They got a big task ahead of them.

Tending the Fields

Wild signs draft pick Christoph Bertschy to three-year deal | Russo's Rants |
Ooh, a 21-year-old Swiss center? Yum.

Scouting the Enemy

8 Best Chicago Blackhawks Stats From Round 1 | The Hockey Writers
A few things the Wild need to look out for...

Blues at a loss for answers after another early playoff exit |
"If I had answers to these questions, I would have fixed it after Game 1," Blues forward David Backes said. "We would have won (the series) 4-1, and we would be going on to play Chicago." #QualityLeadership

Blues' Shattenkirk: 'I would assume' changes coming after 1st-round exit | theScore
Hitchcock probably to be fired... despite the fact that it's not really his fault.

On Tap (Draft News)

NHL Draft: Who Will Be The Biggest Steal? | The Hockey Writers
Should the Wild have interest in this?

Off the Trail

Bettman projects 2015-16 salary cap at $71.5 million | theScore
Now if only the NHL would release salaries.

USA wins 6th under-18 gold in 7 years | theScore
Well, that's good.

NHL Three Stars: Price, Parise help respective clubs advance to Round 2 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
2 Wild players in the 3 stars. Nice.


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