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Wilderness Walk: After the Whistle

Stalock is loved, Tarasenko is not (in Calgary), and some holiday thoughts

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Fans of the EA NHL games (or failing that, people who have played the games) are well aware of the various glitches across its yearly iterations. For players like me, it was a way to make up for a lack of anything resembling actual skill with the game. One part of the game that I did bother to develop some talent for was the fighting. While not a critical skill for winning games, any game against friends was almost guaranteed to include at least one donnybrook. One of the easiest ways to instigate a fight was to attempt a shot on goal after the referee blew his whistle. Well lest you think that was a glitch in the game, take a look below at the first link under Off the Trail. Vladimir Tarasenko pulled that very stunt against Mike Smith and the Calgary Flames.

Wild News

Wild backup Alex Stalock in good with teammates -
They like him. They really like him.

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Eric Staal led the charge but several players cured their snakebitten streaks.

Ten Years Later: Marian Gaborik's Five-Goal Night | Zone Coverage - Cold Omaha
Even though it stings that he was part of the movement of genuine stars leaving the Wild, this is still pretty cool.

Minnesota Wild Girls Hockey Weekend Emphasizes the Importance of Dryland Training

Some ladies get to show off their stuff to the big club.

Off the Trail

Tarasenko's late shot sparks Blues vs. Flames brawl -
The Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues erupt into a line brawl after Vladimir Tarasenko takes a shot on Mike Smith after the whistle.

31 Thoughts: New York Islanders arena deal a massive victory
The Islanders' pending move back to Long Island is a massive victory for the team and its fans. That and more in the latest 31 Thoughts.

Power Rankings: Golden Knights power their way back into top spot | The Hockey News
Tuesday's win over Tampa Bay sees the Vegas Golden Knights take top spot from the Lightning in this week's Power Rankings, while the two New York teams move in opposite directions.

It might be time to talk about the Golden Knights as serious Cup contenders | The Hockey News
The Golden Knights were expected to fight for draft lottery positioning. Instead, Vegas is sitting atop the Western Conference as the holiday break draws near. But are they really Cup contenders?

Olympic Watch: Channel One Cup not promising for Canada, but good for Russians, Czechs | The Hockey News
In one of the final Olympic tune-up tournaments, Russia went undefeated and captured the Channel One Cup, edging out the Czechs for top spot. Meanwhile, Canada finished with one win in three games.

Vegas Golden Knights Holiday Wishlist
We did this first!

Would You Sacrifice a Legend for a Cup? – Grandstand Central
A look at what a fanbase would like better, to watch an NHL legend, or to have a Stanley Cup.