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Wilderness Walk: Almost a goalie goal!

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Alex Stalock was robbed of the first ever goal by a Wild netminder last night.

Minnesota Wild v New Jersey Devils Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Eleven different NHL netminders have combined to score fourteen total goals in league history, some by shooting directly at an empty net, and some by getting credited with a tally on some sort of funky play. It’s an incredibly rare feat, but Minnesota’s own Alex Stalock came inches from registering his first goal last night, which would have also been the first marker ever by a Wild netminder.

With a two goal lead and Eddie Lack a few feet from the Devils bench at the other end of the ice, Stalock took a few steps out of his net and picked up a loose puck. He didn’t think twice, and fired a perfect wrister over the neutral zone. The puck was on line and was absolutely labeled for the back of the empty net, but Lack came diving back to rob Stalock with his outstretched paddle.

On the second replay above, you can actually see that Zach Parise—who is skating through the neutral zone—puts his arms up to celebrate, as he knows that the puck is headed into the net.

AH! SO CLOSE!

Taking us through today’s Walk is KISS with a great tune about the Wild’s current mood.

Wild News

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The Dane Gamer.

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Just please don't give up any draft picks, Chuck.

On Frozen Pond

U.S. women's hockey players bask in glow of gold
USA! USA! USA!

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Girls State Tournament news!

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More Girls State Tournament news!

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Robson hot at the right time.

Off the Trail

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This could be a huge Trade Deadline.

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Oh, Carey.

Stars finally got that tension-breaking goal and were able to notch win vs Kings
Bummer for the Wild.