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Your Minnesota Wild find themselves in a 2-0 hole against the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Semi Finals.

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Good morning sports fans. I hope you were all able to sleep well and didn't have nightmares of Patrick Kane streaking in behind the D or Ryan Suter forgetting how to hockey on the power play. Last night your Minnesota Wild dropped their 8th straight playoff game at the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. That building, during the playoffs is just not friendly to this Wild team.

They are going to have to find something soon. Trap the electricity from home and export it down to Chicago if this series makes it's way back down there for a 5th game. With the way this team has performed, that's not looking like it will happen, but who knows. One thing I will say about Ryan Suter's PP gaffe, now he should have played that with a bit more urgency, but I'm not sure his teammates were communicating that to him either. Regardless, it was a bonehead play and it cost the Wild any momentum they may have acquired.

So, here we are. Down to the Hawks 2 game to nil, familiar territory. Let's hope this story turns around and ends differently than our previous experiences.

Wild News

Jordan Leopold More Than a Good Story For Minnesota Wild | Gone Puck Wild
You mean, he's more than a letter his daughter wrote?

Goaltender Matchup: Inside Minnesota Wild's Devan Dubnyk vs. Chicago Blackhawks' Corey Crawford - Blackhawks vs Wild - 2015 SCP Second Round
Some really good insights into both netminders tendencies, strengths as well as weaknesses.

Wild lacks answers, fall behind Blackhawks 2-0 in series | Star Tribune
Read about the demise of the Wild through the eyes of Russo.

Wild notes: Next time he scores, remember: It's Mikael 'GrAHn-lUHnd' | Star Tribune
At least he doesn't call him Mike, right?

Mistakes prove costly as Wild fall 4-1 to Chicago, and 2-0 in playoff series | State of Hockey News
Relive all the drama in the State of Hockey's breakdown of last nights action.

Yeo: ‘I don’t know what team played that game tonight, but it wasn’t us’ | ProHockeyTalk
I dunno Yeo, they looked an awful lot like the Minnesota Wild to me. They dressed the part at the very least.

Blackhawks capitalize for 2-0 series lead over Wild -
Graff breaks down the Wild's performance.

Tom Powers: Wild's Matt Dumba loving his first playoffs -
I think the fans are loving having you in the lineup as well Dumba55.

Missing-in-action Wild players need to reappear, and fast | Star Tribune
Souhan, ever the optimist with a rare rip-piece on the Wild.

Off the Trail

Video: Crawford needs to change mask after absorbing slapshot to head | ProHockeyTalk
I'm honestly a bit surprised the officials didn't make him take a timeout after getting his bell rung. He was clearly struggling. It's not that I'm looking for some kind of advantage for the Wild here, I'm just hoping Crawford's head is OK.

Brandon Prust rips official Brad Watson for alleged on-ice comments | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Whoa! We all have our opinions on the officiating of NHL games. The fortunate thing for us fans is we don't play, and thus are allowed to rip the officials all we like. Hope Prust's pocketbook is ready for the fallout.

Marian Hossa's presence felt, whether he's on the board or not | Chicago
Yeah, he's kinda a menace.


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