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Wilderness Walk: Uffda Edition

The Wild dropped the series opener. The score, irrelevant. Dallas would ultimately need only 1 to win this contest.

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Of course, 1 goal wasn't enough for the Dallas Stars. 4 goals would suffice just the same as 1 as they blanked the Wild last night. Dallas converted on just 1 of 6 power play chances, so we got that going for us. Add in an empty net goal and really, for a Minnesota Wild team playing it's B-squad, they didn't do that bad against the best of the West.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, not bad doesn't win games and all that stuff. I know. With expectations pretty low for this wounded team, it's tough to be all that disappointment in them. Don't count this team out quite yet. We've seen them back into the playoffs before, we've seen them succeed against division champions the previous 2 playoff attempts. Maybe put an asterisk next to the Avalanche series. They're just terrible. It laughable to see their fans clamoring about how they are more deserving or would be soooo much better in the playoffs. Reverse our points at the end of the season, they would be backing in as well, so just stow that garbage Av's fans.

For your musical selection today, an homage to the Wild's game last night. A little song by a band you might have heard of, How To Disappear Completely by Radiohead. It's a good mellow groove, give it a listen while you lick your wounds today Wild fans.

Wild News

Dallas Stars are light years ahead of Minnesota Wild | Pioneer Press
I wouldn't say light years. Take away a couple more of their top 6 and .... maybe just a few light-seconds?

Star struck: Dallas blanks depleted Wild 4-0 in playoff series opener -
I have to think Russo had this one in the can early. Just needed to fill in the score and publish.

Alex Tuch talks about decision to leave Boston College and sign with the Wild -
The hard decision has been made and now the hard work starts for Wild prospect Alex Tuch.

Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars - Game 1
Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 in their first-round opener Thursday night.

Off the Trail

Referee blows play dead right before Sharks goal; admits mistake | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports

Prepare for so many worthy NHL Rookie of the Year nominee snubs this season -
An award Alex Tuch will be winning next season. :)

Sean Couturier reportedly out for series with upper-body injury | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The Flyers were already in a tight spot going against the Presidents Trophy winners.

Leonard: The NHL can't mask this problem for the goalies - NY Daily News
If you didn't see it, scary moment when Staal's stick found it's way through Lundqvist's mask.

LA Kings fans can cut lines at LAX during playoffs | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Cut lines of what?

Mike Keenan on coaching again, that infamous proposed Blues jersey | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Six months after being fired from Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL, Mike Keenan still wants to coach.

NHL 3-on-3 overtime: Success or failure in debut season? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Well, if you're from Minnesota it was a total bust. That's really just our problem though.

The Stars might owe quite a bit to Lindy Ruff | Pioneer Press
Just 22 points separated the Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild in the standings. A canyon separates the head-coaching experience of John Torchetti vs. Lindy Ruff.

Huge If True: Colorado's offseason plans likely very ill-advised | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Can the Avs get worse? Of course they can!

Quest for the Cup

San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings - Game 1
Joe Pavelski broke a tie with his second goal early in the third period, and the San Jose Sharks opened their playoff return with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

New York Islanders at Florida Panthers - Game 1
John Tavares had a goal and two assists, including one that set up Kyle Okposo's go-ahead goal early in the third period, and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 in Game 1 of the teams' Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Thursday night.

Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals - Game 1
Special teams made a special impact for the Washington Capitals in their first playoff game.