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Wilderness Walk: We have a Game 7!

The Predators and Jets are headed for a deciding game. Ovechkin and the Capitals finally beat the Penguins.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you thought this second round of the NHL Playoffs couldn’t get any better, Monday night happened. The Washington Capitals finally... FINALLY... broke through to take down their arch nemesis Pittsburgh Penguins, with Alex Ovechkin—the seemingly cursed superstar—playing a key role in his team’s overtime victory.

Meanwhile, in Winnipeg, the defending Western Conference champions proved that they would not go down easily against a Jets team that was ready to blow the roof off of its building and its city. And so, WE HAVE A GAME 7! Winnipeg/Nashville has been such a good series that I simply wouldn’t have it any other way.

The only problem is that we now have to wait until Thursday to see the deciding contest.

Taking us through today’s Walk is the Smashing Pumpkins for no especially good reason.

Wild News

Revisiting the Wild deal that helped Vegas reach the conference finals

NHL Expansion Draft regret rankings
Hey, Down Goes Brown doesn’t even put the Wild in the worst category here!

On Frozen Pond

Motzko was an early recruit to the hockey scene
Nice little profile on the U of M’s new head coach.

Hockey players are the next frontier in head trauma research
I’d give them my brain, but there just isn’t much happening in there.

Off the Trail

Capitals eliminate Penguins, for a change
Sid congratulating Ovi in the handshake line was something to behold.

Rinne blanks Jets, top line delivers as Predators force Game 7

Patrick Kane leads unbeaten US past Germany in hockey worlds
I love that guy!