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Sometimes the blown calls break your way and other news.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes you run into a hot goaltender. Corey Crawford was playing exceptionally well last night. While it is never fun losing to the Chicago Blackhawks, at least the Wild 1) persevered and found ways to score on Crawford (including playing offsides) and 2) took the much-maligned loser point to keep a five point lead on Chicago in the standings.

The offsides call that wasn’t before Zach Parise was a mistake on the part of the linesmen last night, but they’re human too. The Blackhawks still finished with a win, so I doubt the controversy lives for very long. Still, it’s nice to see a bad call go the Wild’s way I guess.

Wild News

Wild picks up a point in 'playoff game environment' but Blackhawks win in OT - StarTribune.com
Jonathan Toews scored the winning goal with 3:09 into overtime on a 4-on-3 after a Ryan Suter holding penalty.

Wild fall to archrival Blackhawks in overtime thriller
MN Wild lost to the archrival Blackhawks in overtime thriller on Wednesday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

Wild rookie Alex Tuch still learning the ropes -- with help from veterans
MN Wild prospect Alex Tuch is still learning the ropes of the NHL.

Wild winger Pominville puts early struggles in the past - StarTribune.com
For the second consecutive second half of a season, Jason Pominville is heating up.

Why did Zach Parise's goal against the Blackhawks count? - Sportsnet.ca
How did this one count? Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise tied Thursday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at 2-2 with this questionable goal.

On Frozen Pond

Women's college hockey: Minnesota Duluth’s Stalder wins inaugural National Player of the Month Award | NCAA.com
Minnesota Duluth senior forward Lara Stalder (Luzern, Switzerland) has been named the inaugural Women’s Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division I Player of the Month for January.

Minnesota Duluth remains atop PairWise Rankings :: USCHO.com Blogs :: Bracketology Blog :: U.S. College Hockey Online

Off the Trail

Martin Havlat announces retirement after 14 NHL seasons
The Senators defeated the Penguins 6-5. Martin Havlat announced his retirement from hockey on Wednesday after 790 games over 14 NHL seasons. Drafted 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1999 NHL Draft, Havlat was a steady producer over his career when healthy.

NHL Power Rankings: Fake News Edition - Sportsnet.ca
Facebook, CNN, Weekend Update... fake news is all the rage these days. Pay close attention and make sure you don't believe what you read in this week's NHL Power Rankings.

Down Goes Brown: Lessons the Patriots could teach your favorite hockey team | The Hockey News
Love them or hate them, the New England Patriots know how to win, and here are five things the Patriots do that NHL teams should be doing more of.

Which teams will be hurt most if the salary cap stays flat? | The Hockey News
There have been several reports the salary cap could stay flat next season, and no rise in the upper limit will leave several teams with tough decisions ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Power Rankings: Capitals emerging into a class by themselves | The Hockey News
The Capitals haven't lost at home yet in 2017 and are on pace to win their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy, not that that's necessarily a good thing.