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Wilderness Walk: Impulse Control

Dumba’s water bottle stunt costs him, great scorers come in pairs, and other hockey news

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Remember #LaughatOtt? It was the massive Twitter hashtag movement developed during the 2015 playoffs by our very own The Noogie. The incident that brought it about was St. Louis Blues clown player Steve Ott giving into his exasperation and attempting to draw out Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba by faking as if he was going to strike Dumba with his stick. It was a dumb thing to do, especially as Dumba was comfortably seated on the bench, guaranteeing that Ott would face suspension and a fine if he had gone through with his half-baked impulse. Dumba’s response was perfect: he laughed at Ott.

Now the shoe is on the other foot. At the end of the second period, Dumba squirted Joel Armia with his water bottle as the Jets winger skated past the Wild bench. That little stunt cost him a two-minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and a $5,000 fine. It also perfectly encapsulates what this team is like right now. They are making dumb mistakes, showing a lack of discipline, and choosing to show emotion at all the wrong times.

Wild News

MN Wild defenseman Matt Dumba fined for squirting water bottle at Jets player
MN Wild defenseman Matt Dumba squirted Jets winger Joel Armia with his water bottle as both teams headed to this locker room. Dumba was assessed a two-minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and was also fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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On Frozen Pond

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Tending the Fields

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Off the Trail

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