Your daily dose of Wild news, along with other interesting stories from around the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild had their chance to have a two-game advantage in this first-round series against the Dallas Stars but because of some questionable officiating and general bad luck, it's all tied up and they have headed back down south to try and be one game away from winning this dang thing.
It is such a cliché but this Game 5 on Tuesday night could really spell out the result for either team, but it means a heck of a lot more for the Wild. The back-and-forth nature of this series so far means that whoever wins tonight could move on to the second round. But that's just looking for a pattern in such a small sample size.
But, if the Wild don't win tonight, could you really see them winning two consecutive games against this Stars team? We would be more likely to bet on the Stars pulling off two consecutive wins than the Wild doing that, so the pressure is really on for Game 5.
- Marcus Foligno made himself be heard and expressed how he was feeling about the officiating in Game 4. [Hockey Wilderness]
- While the two controversial penalties resulted in two goals for the Stars and their eventual game-winner, how much did the officiating actually have an effect on the game? [Hockey Wilderness]
- We have seen the depth players rise to the occasion of the playoffs, but the stars like Kirill Kaprizov and Matt Boldy have largely gone invisible. [Pioneer Press]
Off the trail...
- The Toronto Maple Leafs played a memorable playoff game on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Down 4-1 after two periods, Toronto stormed back in Tampa to score three goals in the third period and then a predictable overtime goal to win the improbable game. They now lead the series 3-1. [Sportsnet]
- Plus, former Golden Gopher Matthew Knies had a game-saving goal line save to spur the Leafs to their eventual comeback.
- In other unlikely news, the Seattle Kraken also won in overtime off a Jordan Eberle goal and the series with the reigning champion Colorado Avalanche is tied 2-2. [DJLR]
- Another day, another questionable call from a referee in the playoffs. Cale Makar boarded Jared McCann and they initially accessed it as a major penalty, but reduced it to a minor. McCann left the game and he will be out for a little bit. [Yahoo Sports]
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