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Wilderness Walk: Hello Mojo

Last night’s win could be a catalyst for the Wild.

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NHL: New York Islanders at Minnesota Wild Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

After a stinker of a game Tuesday, the Wild came out like gangbusters last night, scoring three goals in the first ten minutes of the game, including an absolute beauty from Mikael Granlund to Jason Zucker, a reminder why Bruce Boudreau thinks Granlund is “our best player.” Minnesota had looked very flat in the previous matchup, so seeing it start the game like that and keep it going until pretty much everybody got in on the scoring fun—including Luke Kunin and Zack Mitchell each chipping in with their first respective NHL goals—was a breath of fresh air.

With four more home games on the docket over the next week and change, this could be a jumping off point for Minnesota to start racking up some wins. The defending Stanley Cup champions come to town tomorrow, though, so there’s no time for the Wild to rest on its laurels. Back to work!

Since the Wild brought back that lovin’ feeling, here are the Righteous Brothers, with a little help from Maverick and Goose, to take us through today’s Walk.

WILD NEWS

Milestone first NHL goals: Kunin scores shorthanded, Mitchell the winner in Wild victory
The Russo gamer is a good one. You'll need a subscription though.

MN Wild bounce back with convincing 6-4 win over Islanders
Dane's gamer.

Nino Niederreiter could return to Wild lineup next week
Speaking of bringing back that lovin' feeling...

ON FROZEN POND

Gophers-Clarkson hockey preview
AHHHH KELLY CLARKSON!

Badgers men's hockey: Playing against old team, Kyle Hayton avoids adding to hype
The Badgers are stinkin' good this year. JDP likey.

Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia piling up goals in OHL
Nine goals in twelve games? Neat!

OFF THE TRAIL

NHL officially hires Shane Doan for hockey operations gig
The specifics of his gig are not yet clear.

NHL - U.K. hockey league's 'skate kick' suspension is baffling
Whoa.

Golden Knights have jelled quickly, aim to make more history
Jelly of their jelling?