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Wilderness Walk: Winding Down Edition

With as few as 2 games remaining in the NHL season, we bring you what news we can find as the Lightning grab a 2-1 lead over the Blackhawks on the road at United Center. The best part was only having to hear Chelsea Dagger twice. Game 4 is tonight.

Big win for the Bolts
Big win for the Bolts
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On a night full of intriguing games with the USWNT opening the first round of the Women's World Cup, the Twins facing the Royals for first place in the Central and the best record in the American League, and of course game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals, some members of the Wilderness may not have been able to catch each moment.  But don't worry, we'll get you caught up on Hockey as well as congratulate the USWNT on their victory.  It's a slow news day for the Wild, but slower days are ahead as the season truly winds down.  But there's plenty to get to, so let's have at it.

Today's musical selection comes from the summer's greatest grunge rock reunion.  Let's Walk.

On Frozen Pond

Tyler Graovac Ready To Join Minnesota Wild
GPW dishes on the Iowa Wild's graduating class of 1.


Ben Bishop's gutsy performance propels Lightning to Game 3 win -
It wasn't always pretty, but it got the job done.

Top Stanley Cup difference maker is Victor Hedman - Along the Boards
ATB tells us why the Hedman is the X factor in this series

Blackhawks' 'bad habit' of blowing leads quickly costs them Game 3 | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Strangely familiar problem.... but this time it's the Blackhawks coughing it up instead of capturing it

How to Fix the Stanley Cup Presentation - Along the Boards
Bringing glory back to Lord Stanley's Cup

Cupless Clubs: The Next 1st Time Stanley Cup Champion - Along the Boards
12 teams have not been etched on the Cup

Put Me In, Coach

Red Wings introduce Jeff Blashill as new coach -
The Detroit Red Wings introduced Jeff Blashill as their new head coach on Tuesday morning, replacing long-time coach Mike Babcock who is now the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bruins confirm head coach Claude Julien will return next season -
Head coach Claude Julien will be back behind the Bruins' bench next season, says GM Don Sweeney.

Report: Hall of Famer Chris Chelios to join Red Wings coaching staff -
Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios is expected to be named to the new coaching staff for the Detroit Red Wings.

Off the Trail

NHL -- A long and winding road: The story of why the Los Angeles Kings spectacularly flamed out
A year ago, the Los Angeles Kings were on top of the hockey world, on the verge of their second Stanley Cup win in two years. Then, it all came crashing down. This is their story.

5 NHL Players Who Should be Captain but Aren't - The Hockey Writers
While who wears the captain's C is overrated, some NHL teams should have different captains.

Jonathan Toews believes it’s selfish, wrong to pee during game play (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: In a public service announcement played before Chicago Blackhawks games, captain Jonathan Toews has a strongly worded message for those fans that would dare leave their seats during play:

Lightning CEO apologizes to Army captain over ticket policy mess -
The Lightning were forced to apologize to a season ticket holder, who is also an Army captain, after their restrictive ticket policy nearly led to his season tickets being revoked.