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Wilderness Walk: Onto the Conference Finals Edition

The final game of the Conference Semi-Finals has passed and the third round starts in a couple of days. The New York Rangers put away the Washington Capitals in an epic overtime victory.

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#OneOfUs Derek Stepan lit the lap just past the halfway point of the first overtime, sending the Washington Capitals to the golf course and the New York Rangers on to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals and one step closer to Lord Stanley's Cup.  It was an epic goalie showcase all night as Braden Holtby and King Henrik Lundqvist put on a show at both ends of the ice for a final tally of 2-1 Rangers.  It was a crushing defeat for the Capitals who jumped out to an early lead in the series, but a fine series and a heck of a conclusion.

It was a slow news day across the Wilderness, as the State of Hockey paused to remember Derek Boogaard, whose passing four years ago shook the fan base.  Though the NHL doesn't have as big of a problem with head injuries as the NFL, you can bet this will be a continuing conversation as the families of Boogaard and Steve Montador continue to apply pressure to the medical side of the game.  Concussion protocol has grown across the NFL, MLB and NHL in recent years, and should continue to develop as more evidence is shown regarding the long-term effects of repeated head injuries.  Prescriptions and post-injury care will continue to be scrutinized more and more each year.

Onward we Walk to the 3rd round with a serenade for the day's weather.

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