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Wilderness Walk: Flying Penguins Are Scary

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The Wild had no answer for the Stanley Cup Champions.

NHL: JAN 25 Wild at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A penguin appears to be a very cute, lovable creature in nature. As a flightless bird that waddles about, slides on its stomach, and protects its eggs by simply standing in the blistering cold and cuddling with other penguins for months on end, a penguin seems like the type of animal that one would like to befriend.

The hockey-playing Penguins of Pittsburgh, on the other hand, are not birds to be trifled with. They fly, they find creative ways to hurt you, and they are skilled and unrelenting hunters. At the end of the day, it won’t be the Penguins that are laying eggs and sitting on them, but rather the Manbearpigs of Minnesota (which ironically would have to be mammals, right? So... no egg laying?).

Last night’s game was ridiculous. Clearly, the Wild didn’t bring its best effort, but there was no stopping the determined two-time defending Cup winners, led by Sidney Crosby. If the Penguins play like that through the playoffs, we might as well just hand them their third straight Stanley Cup now.

Here’s a quick poll for you...

Poll

Which part of last night’s game was most painful to watch?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    The tic-tac-toe passing play that landed Devan Dubnyk on the bench
    (32 votes)
  • 32%
    Evgeni Malkin bouncing TWO goals in off of Ryan Suter
    (41 votes)
  • 42%
    Crosby chasing Kyle Rau through the neutral zone with a 5-0 lead, stripping the puck, and turning it into another goal
    (54 votes)
127 votes total Vote Now

At least the Manbearpigs can go lick their wounds for a few days now, being that the All-Star break is upon us.

In honor of flying Penguins, Lenny Kravitz takes us through today’s Walk.

Wild News

Overmatched Wild blown away by Penguins
The Pioneer Press gamer.

Wild prospect Sokolov off to hot start with new team
Hey-o!

Matt Cullen, now with Minnesota Wild, says it's special coming back to face Penguins
Nice montage last night for Cully.

On Frozen Pond

Edina sinks Lake Conference foe Minnetonka with eight-goal performance
Edina's out here looking like the Penguins.

Board of Regents discussing new on-campus arena for Arizona State
Would be huge for ASU's program.

'Biggest Stage in Sports' - Troy Terry prepares for the Olympics
A very brief Jordan Greenway sighting in this story.

Andover High hockey players denied food, water by coaches, officials say
This is in the Boston area, not Andover, MN. As a coach, I too would reserve the right to bag skate without breaks... Just saying.

Off the Trail

North and South Korean hockey players team up for Olympics
Hockey... solving all the world's problems.

Five ways to make the All-Star Game even more fun
Drinking games?? Oh... no.