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The bad news: the team looked sluggish after a six day break with plenty of turnovers and breakdowns in all three zones. The power play has yet to connect and is -1 in three games.
Overall it was an okay road game, especially considering the awkward break. A lot of Wild fans were freaking out after the game about how the team has completely collapsed. Everyone can just relax, there are 79 more games left.
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On to the Walk:
Wild lose first game as Ducks rally for two goals in third | Star Tribune- Game recap #1
Minnesota Wild can't finish off Anaheim Ducks - Wild Now- Game recap # 2
Young mistakes, blown offensive chances doom Wild in Anaheim | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Some quotes and analysis. Yeo on the game-winning turnover: "We put ourselves in a situation where a mistake like that ends up being the difference."
Turnovers cost Wild in 2-1 loss to the Ducks | State of Hockey News- State of Hockey's breakdown of the game by period.
Game Report -- war-on-ice.com- Fancy Stats from the game. Wild were outshot but only by a small margin.
Wild's Kuemper breaks franchise shutout record by not allowing a goal in 160 minutes- Such a great start for the Kumperor. Now does Yeo go back to him or finally start Backstrom on Sunday?
The Gopher Hole
Cameranesi scores twice, Gophers women's hockey upsets No. 1 Badgers- The Gopher women get a big win on the road against the Badgers.
Off The Trail
Super 16 NHL power rankings: Analytics say give the backup goaltender a chance - Super 16: NHL Power Rankings- NHL.com's look around the league and the importance of backup goalies.
The Edmonton Oilers can't possibly be this bad, can they? (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy- Or can they?
Report: NHL leaning on AHL to further investigate 3-on-3 overtime | theScore- Interesting fact- there have yet to be any shootouts in the AHL this season with games being decided either 4-on-4 or 3-on-3. It may be a gimmick but I wouldn't mind the NHL experimenting with the format.
Martin Brodeur to Avalanche is hockey fable that needs to happen | Puck Daddy- This. Would. Be. Glorious. As long as he brings his awful save percentage with him.
Milan Lucic fined $5K by NHL for obscene gesture in Montreal | Puck Daddy- I don't think $5K is going to stop Lucic from being an idiot.
Panthers' Luongo records 67th shutout, passes Patrick Roy on all-time shutout list- Sorry Patrick, but another record is broken.
NHL Grab Bag: It’s Still Early- For your weekly NHL entertainment.
And finally, because it's Kessel and it's the Avs:
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