The story of the night was not the Wild victory. It was not Devan Dubnyk committing highway robbery over and over again. The story of the game was questionable reffing. After Dallas had a goal (rightfully) denied (see below for why), Tyler Sequin attempted to snap his stick over Jared Spurgeon's face. Spurgeon had to leave to stem the faucet that erupted from his face, yet nothing was called on the Star. Later, a Dallas player tried to water-ski behind Nino... again with no call. Justin Fontaine was called for high sticking, giving Dallas their "in" by closing the gap to 1 goal. But the Wild held out.
I won't dwell too long, but ultimately, the lack of a call on Seguin was perhaps the single worst call I've seen made on the ice, and when the DoPS does nothing, it will further put the lie to their claim to care about safety.
To cheer up, enjoy this fin musical genius, who combined the toy piano, the ukulele, and the kazoo into one glorious instrument.
Mike Reilly Set for Debut, Telling Moment for Team | The Hockey Writers
Though Reilly was highly sought after — the Blackhawks even brought him to a game during the Stanley Cup Final — he hasn’t been able to climb the ranks yet.
No blown lead this time as Wild holds off Stars | StarTribune.com
Despite the best efforts of *ahem* certain people, the Wild won this one.
Wild hang on for a change to beat Stars | TwinCities.com
Three weeks before the Wild's victory here Saturday, they blew a 2-0 lead to the Dallas Stars. Three weeks before that blunder, they blew a 3-0 lead to the Dallas Stars.
Wild's Darcy Kuemper avoids TV and phones, will return to lineup after concussion | TwinCities.com
For three full days at the end of last month, Darcy Kuemper wasn't allowed to watch TV or look at his phone, a byproduct of concussion protocol after Kuemper took a shot off his mask in a practice.
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From the Frozen Pond
Gophers score three shorthanded goals in rout of Penn State | StarTribune.com
The Gophers had seven goals, three shorthanded, in beating Penn State.
Gophers Hockey: Minnesota plays a complete game in a 7-1 win over Penn State | SB Nation College Hockey
Fist bumps and smiles a-plenty heading off the ice, a quick turnaround was just what Hudson Fasching and Minnesota needed on the road against Penn State
Off the Trail
Stick ‘Em Up, Episode 4: Eat Your Reindeer | High Heels and High Sticks
This week on Stick 'Em Up we talk about: World Juniors The Winter Classic Why Foxboro sucks The NWHL vs CWHL game Jonathan Drouin The CHL The All-Star Game And if Zdeno Chara is an alien.
Lawyers in concussion case want to unseal NHL records | StarTribune.com
There’s a ferocious hockey fight going on in downtown Minneapolis these days. You’ll find it at the federal courthouse, where some former players are suing the National Hockey League over the brain damage they suffered on the rink.
P.K. Subban can't hold back profanity after loss to Penguins | theScore.com
Wait for the outrage over this answer, but don't forget the outrage when players are boring. Also note the FB comment saying to fire PK.... We'll take him!
Report: NHL changing All-Star voting format next year | theScore.com
"I think (it's) pretty safe to say we're not going to see the same kind of all out voting that we saw this year and what it resulted in with the captaincies."
Women's Hockey Notebook: Being #14Strong for Denna Laing | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
We, of course, with Denna Laing nothing but the best.
Grand Rapids player in stable condition after seizure on AHL bench | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Very scary, and we wish him all the best as well.