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Wilderness Walk: Game 7 or Bust Edition

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In the West, it will take a game 7 in both series to decide who gets a chance to fight for the right to not touch Clarence S. Campbell Bowl.

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Last night the St. Louis Blues looked like they were going to drop the ball on closing out their series with the Dallas Stars after the Stars notched 3 early goals. But the Blues were not going to go down quietly. Long story short, Blues lose 3-2 but holy hell did they put the pressure on big time in the second period. If you want to see the Stars get completely owned for 20 minutes, go back an watch the second period in last nights game.

So, a game 7 in Dallas will be had. Hope you're all ready to hear the Stars fans with what I'm going to call the dumbest "tradition" in sports. The fans actually yell out "STARS!" when that word comes up (TWICE!) in the National Anthem. Piggy-backing on the Winnipeg Jets tradition of emphasizing "True North" during the Canadian National Anthem, which actually has meaning behind it. The Stars fans just make me think it's the only word in the National Anthem they actually know. It is Texas, so that might not be far from the truth.

But I digress...

Conversely, the San Jose Sharks had everything going for them, except for the fact that they are still the Sharks of course.The Sharks built up an early 2-goal lead but the Nashville Predators came roaring back and won the game 4-3 in overtime sending their series to a 7th game as well. The greatest spectacle in sports is upon us in glorious fashion. The battle for the Western Conference Final, win and your in. Emergency shipments of Tums are currently making their way to St. Louis, Dallas, Nashville, and San Jose.

On the docket tonight, the Washington Capitals look to extend their Presidents Trophy winning season and push their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins to a game 7 as well. The winner of this series of course gets the reward of facing the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

Wild News

Bruce Boudreau is the perfect fit for the Wild, in more ways than one | USA Today
He was an extra in Slap Shot? This guy does do everything!

Testimonials pour in about Wild's Boudreau - StarTribune.com
Sounds like we're in for a real good time here in the coming years.

Old School

A final farewell to Bloomington's iconic Thunderbird Motel - StarTribune.com
The Thubderbird Motel sat directly across American Blvd from the old Met Center. If you never had a glimpse of the inside, back in it's heyday, you really missed out on something special. This was the hotel of choice for visiting hockey teams back when the North Stars were its neighbor. Being a kid of a certain age, watching this amazing building get torn down to make way for future MOA expansion this summer/fall will be bittersweet.

Off the Trail

NHL - Photos - Minnesota is the hockey-hair capital of the world | ESPN
The finest reporting the 4-letter network has had on hockey in a very, very long time.

Funniest hockey non-fight of 2016, starring Germany vs. Finland (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
These two young gents look like they hate each other, until they look deep into each others eyes and realize their undying love for one another.

Laine has ‘worst game for me in a long time,’ but Finland still defeats United States – ProHockeyTalk
THAAAAA KAPTAIN!!!

This Elvis Merzlikins save at worlds has left us all shook up (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Save of the tourney candidate.

Was Guy Boucher Ottawa’s first choice? ‘No doubt, number one,’ says GM Dorion – ProHockeyTalk
If you say something enough, it becomes true, right?

Weekend report: Boudreau, Ovechkin, and flipping coins | Down Goes Brown
The worst 4-letter word you can use in hockey, luck.

Taxpayers Spent $34 Million on a Minor League Hockey Arena. Two Years Later, The Team is Leaving - Hit & Run : Reason.com
A regular reminder to never publicly finance pro sports teams' real estate.

#BecauseItsTheCup

San Jose Sharks at Nashville Predators
Viktor Arvidsson scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators forced a deciding seventh game for their second straight series by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Monday night.

Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
Rookie Mattias Janmark ignited a three-goal first period and Kari Lehtonen made 35 saves for the Dallas Stars, who forced Game 7 with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.