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Wilderness Walk: It’s the Dumba/Granny Show!

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Matt Dumba and Mikael Granlund were outstanding in Minnesota’s win over the Stars last night.

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First off, cheers to our loyal HW reader and commenter, Spookshow, for absolutely nailing it with this comment in yesterday’s Game Preview!

Mikael Granlund was indeed back to normal last night, as he looked unstoppable skating alongside Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. His short-handed goal to get Minnesota on the board completely turned the game around after Dallas had gotten off to a hot start and taken an early lead. Granlund got the puck in Minnesota’s zone, raced up the ice with Koivu, and fired a confident-looking shot off the far post and in. The goal was very reminiscent of some of the goals he scored at the beginning of March, when his line with Eric Staal and Jason Zucker was perhaps the best in the NHL. He also made an absolutely SICK play off the half wall to pull the puck around Greg Pateryn and lay an easy tap-in onto the stick of Parise.

As for Matt Dumba... Wow! What a game by #24! He seemed to be everywhere on the ice, creating offensively, and also making great plays defensively. Dumba scored on a one-time BOMB from the top of the left circle on the power play, and also set up Granlund’s goal with an exquisite 150-foot stretch pass to the far blueline. He added two more assists to round out his first ever four-point game. Like I said... Wow!

Taking us through today’s Walk is Bachman-Turner Overdrive with the perfect song to explain what Minnesota was doing last night against Dallas.

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