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Wilderness Walk: Well that's that

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The Wild lost. By giving up a hat trick. To Ovi.

Let's pop in to Aaron Eckhart and Prince John for some analysis:

Move along, I suppose. The Wild play again tomorrow at Boston... hopefully with a better result.

Wild News

Hey Garth, Go Get Parise!

Tom Wilson falls into Minnesota Wild bench after failed bodycheck (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Ovechkin's 2nd-period hat trick helps Capitals down Wild |
Sometimes 20 minutes is all you need.

Ovechkin's hat trick boosts Capitals, dooms Wild |
When you’re good, you’re good, and the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin are darn good.

Wild skid continues on Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick | Twin Cities
“If this wasn’t really maddening and really frustrating,” coach Mike Yeo said, “it would almost be comical the way things are going.”

After another loss, Wild's Suter says: 'Everything about this stinks' |
The NHL-leading Washington Capitals won their 40th game, while the Wild lost its seventh in a row overall, seventh in a row at home and 12th game out of the past 13.

Postgame: Yeo even has hard time finding positives after latest Wild defeat; Wild live chat Friday afternoon |
Mike Yeo’s demeanor was that of a dejected, defeated man after tonight’s 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals, although he quickly denied that when I made note of it.

From Frozen Pond

Minnesota-Hockey: B1G Idiot Leads Big Ten Hockey | The Daily Gopher
The B1G's Deputy Commissioner Brad Traviolia was recently interviewed by Drew Claussen of USCHO.  It was an enlightening article in that it made me want to hit him with florescent bulbs repeatedly.  If you'd like to be infuriated by reading the whole thing, do feel free to go ahead and click here. But for now, let's get to the good stuff.

Off the Trail

NWHL Announces Playoff Format, Times and Prices | The Hockey Writers
The NWHL announced its plan for the upcoming 2015-16 playoffs.

Eaves records 1st-period hat trick to lead Stars over Blackhawks |
Dallas Stars forward Patrick Eaves came into Thursday's tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks with just four goals in 34 games. He nearly doubled that total in the first period.

Marchand's 11th goal in 11 games leads Bruins over Jets |

Chicago to host 2017 NHL Draft |
It's almost like the league loves loves loves chicago?

Steven Stamkos mum on no-move clause plan as trade deadline approaches | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
He's coming here and he's bringing cups. For beer on the golf course.