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Wilderness Walk: 5 in a row?

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Could the Wild win 5 in a row? We'll find out tonight, when the Wild take on the Islanders. Head over to Lighthouse Hockey for all your Isles' needs.

Meanwhile, Minnesota United FC lost their first preseason match against MLS Champion Timbers in a 4-0 game that wasn't quite that close. In fairness, the Loons have only had 3 weeks of training and lost two players to red cards (one deserved, one should have been a yellow). In any case, on the with Music!

Wild News

Wild Flag Bearer's Heartbreaking Story |
Get the kleenex and rehydrate. The tears are a-comin'

Minnesota Wild Extend Winning Streak to Four Games | Gone Puck Wild
The Wild have climbed up the standings a couple of points and are only out of playoff position by one point.

Wild Dominate in Stadium Series | The Hockey Writers
After taking the ice to fireworks and F16s, the Wild continued the fireworks in the game.

Erik Haula named NHL's Second Star of the Week |
Ryan Carter quipped, "Nobody knows Haulsy stats better than Haulsy,"

So far, Wild's 'Torch' has the right touch |
Torchetti allows players the freedom to pressure offensively as long as they’re not reckless about it.

Report: Blackhawks' Rozsival won't be suspended for hit on Wild's Zucker |
Probably the correct decision.

From Frozen Pond

Ref conflict of interest controversy in Minnesota prep hockey playoff | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Worthy of controversy? Or meaningless distraction?

Off the Trail

If you can’t enjoy this Capitals season, maybe sports fandom isn’t for you | The Washington Post
Some local observers have opined that the regular season means nothing for this Caps team. Those people are being stupid.

Capitals beat Coyotes, collect 44th win in record time |
The Capitals bumped their point total to 92 in the process, pushing their lead atop the Metropolitan Division to 18 points, and moving 11 clear of the Chicago Blackhawks in the race for the President's Trophy.

Blues lose Brian Elliott to lower-body injury |
The league's hottest goaltender, Brian Elliott, exited with a lower-body injury Monday versus the San Jose Sharks after awkwardly twisting to the ice in an attempt to reach back and prevent a puck from trickling into the net.

VIDEO: Blues' Reaves ejected for hit from behind on Sharks' Tennyson |
St. Louis Blues defenseman Ryan Reaves received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct after nailing San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Tennyson face-first into the boards during the first period Monday.

Canadiens' Gilbert to undergo season-ending knee surgery |
The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that defenseman Tom Gilbert will undergo surgery on his left knee and miss the remainder of the season.

AHL player denies empty-net goal with diving stick stop (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
With the Ice Caps trailing 3-1 in the third period and goaltender Eddie Pasquale pulled for the extra attacker, Senators defenseman Mike Kostka had a chance to increase their lead after taking a pass at the St. John’s blue line. He fired a shot, but Holloway made a diving stop with his stick that would make any goaltender proud.

NWHL: Buffalo Beauts "Krush" NY Riveters | Victory Press
Prior to Sunday's game, the Buffalo Beauts introduced their first-ever mascot, becoming the first team in NWHL history to do so.