It took 2 rounds plus 5 games, but coach Gordon Bombay has finally emerged from the darkness to rally his Mighty Ducks to a 3-2 series lead and put the Blackhawks on the ropes. In all seriousness, the Twitter machine almost broke down following an Emilio Estevez tweet encouraging the Ducks to victory prior to game 5 of the Western Conference Finals (You can read the article below or check out @Emiliotheway). Twitter will be watching for more from the coach as the Ducks and Hawks take the ice in Chicago tonight with the Blackhawks facing elimination.
In the East, the Rangers showed up in a big way to defeat the Lightning and force the series to a decisive game 7 back in New York. Ben Bishop was chased in the third period, which saw the Rangers net 5 goals. The Lightning added a couple goals in garbage time, but this game could have easily ended 5-1 instead of 7-3.
Closer to home, we continue to prepare for the draft and free agency with the Devan Dubnyk contract talks starting this week. We will also continue to deliver our Exit Interviews and Mock Draft pieces each day leading up to the draft. Here's your Wednesday Walk:
Twice-paralyzed hockey player is on the road to find a cure - Sports - The Boston Globe
Swampscott’s Tom Smith journeyed from Boston to Miami — by bicycle, hand-cycle, and walking with canes — in his crusade to combat paralysis.
As the Wild prepares for June, here's thoughts on Devan Dubnyk, trades and Mike Reilly - StarTribune.com
Russo brings a meaty blog after a couple of weeks gone dark.
Why Trading Jared Spurgeon is a Bad Idea
#OneOfUs Alli B adds her case for saving Spurgeon at THW
Top Ten Prospects End Of Season Update: 1-5 - Minnesota Wild - Articles - Homepage - Wild Xtra
WX finishes their top prospects series
Tending the Fields
Signing Michael Keranen Nice First Step For Wild System
Dustin dishes on Sprout for THW
New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning - 05/26/2015
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Rangers vs. Lightning recap: What you need to know about Game 6 - CBSSports.com
Everything you need to know about the New York Rangers Game 6 win.
Matt Beleskey goes from hidden gem to playoff hero | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Matt Beleskey goes from hidden gem to playoff hero.
Emilio Estevez a.k.a. Gordon Bombay wants a Ducks win in Game 5 - CBSSports.com
Emilio Estevez, who played coach Gordon Bombay in "The Mighty Ducks" movies, is cheering on the NHL team the trilogy inspired.
Put Me In, Coach
Blues, head coach Ken Hitchcock agree on new one-year deal - CBSSports.com
The St. Louis Blues are bringing back head coach Ken Hitchcock for at least one more season, as the two sides agreed on a new short-term contract.
Report: Sabres receive permission to speak to coach Dan Bylsma - CBSSports.com
Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is a target of the Buffalo Sabres after missing out on Mike Babcock. The club has received permission from the Penguins to speak to Pittsburgh's former head coach.
Dan Bylsma’s seemingly inevitable marriage to the Buffalo Sabres | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: But let’s be honest here. One of the main reasons this is a match is Terry Pegula, who will meet whatever price Bylsma is asking for if Murray wants him.
Off The Trail
Report: Coyotes hire 25-year-old stats guru John Chayka as assistant GM - CBSSports.com
So, Ger could be the next Wild assistant GM? SWEET!
NHL Awards: Sather, Yzerman, Murray finalists for GM of the Year - CBSSports.com
Glen Sather, Steve Yzerman and Bob Murray are your three finalists for NHL General Manager of the Year.
Today in great sports GIFs: Dog vs. Hockey Player - CBSSports.com
SO MANY LOLs!!!!!