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Hockey Wilderness Apr 27, 2016

HW Podcast 064: Out of the Playoffs... Again...

The day after the Minnesota Wild were bounced from the playoff by the Dallas Stars, Joe and Tony sat down to put a wrap on the season and look ahead to the offseason. The day after the Minnesota Wild were bounced from the playoff by the Dallas Stars, Joe and Tony sat down to put a wrap on the season and look ahead. Topics they discussed were: Charlie Coyle’s crazy goal in Game 4 Mikko Koivu carries them to a win in Game 5 Prince sparking a comeback from down 4-0 in Game 6 For the last time: Was the problem with this team skill or heart? Is Chuck Fletcher’s job safe? Should the...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 24, 2016

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 - Game 6: Dallas Stars @ Minnesota Wild

Thank the hockey gods for Cap Finn! Granny also finally buried Last Game: The Minnesota Wild took an early 2-0 lead against the Dallas Stars in the first after Mikael Granlund and Jordan Schroeder scored. Johnny Oduya made it 2-1 going into second. The second was fairly even with no goals and then the third period really opened up the scoring. Jamie Benn made it 2-2, Nino Niederreiter made it 3-2, Jason Spezza made it 3-3, Alex Goligoski made it 4-3, Mikko Koivu tied it 4-4 and eventually got the OT game winner. Match-up Preview: Tonight is do or die for the Wild...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 24, 2016

Wilderness Walk: Game Six Edition

Wow. I'm so torn — I kind of feel sick thinking about this game, but also I'm surprised and delighted that they even got here. Game six! That's two more than the bare minimum! Whatever happens, it's been fun, and miserable, and baffling. That's sports. We'll probably be fine. Ha. Wild News Wild's Granlund dishes pucks, hits - StarTribune.com He's been good, and I'm so proud. The quotes in this from Ferraro are really interesting. Wild’s Mikko Koivu adds signature moment with Game 5 winner – Twin Cities "That's how captains become great captains." I'm not crying, you're crying, shut...

Game 5 thoughts: Wild like a 'pebble in the Dallas Stars' shoe'

Mikko Koivu scored the tying and winning goals last night in the Wild's season-saving Game 5 overtime win in Dallas

Wild fans: This is your captain scoring (Video for the win)

Watch Mikko Koivu's two goals that are bringing the Wild-Stars series back to Dallas for Game 6 on Sunday afternoon.

Wild Minute: Wild wins an OT thriller in the Big D

Mikko Koivu scored the tying and game-winning goals Friday as the Wild forced a Game 6 with its 5-4 overtime victory in Dallas.
Hockey Wilderness Apr 23, 2016

Overtime hero Captain Koivu staves off elimination as Wild down Stars 5-4

Mikko Koivu had perhaps his biggest game ever when his team most needed him. With the Minnesota Wild down 3-1 in their series against the Dallas Stars, few expected Minnesota to pull off a Game 5 upset at American Airlines Center, where they've historically struggled. But against all odds, this series will head back to St. Paul. Minnesota has their Captain to thank for that. Like the Stars in Game 3, the Wild jumped out to an early lead to try taking the Dallas crowd out of the game. Mikael Granlund got things going by jamming home his own rebound in a very Parise-esque manner. Minnesota...

Koivu's two goals save season for Wild with 5-4 overtime win over Dallas

Friday night in what could have been a season-ending Game 5, captain Mikko Koivu, who forced overtime in the final minutes of the third period, scored his first career playoff overtime winner 4 minutes, 55 seconds in for a season-saving 5-4 Wild win.
Hockey Wilderness Apr 23, 2016

WATCH: The Kaptain, OT Winner!

We're going to game 6 back at the X thanks to the Kaptain, Mikko Koivu. This is about as beautiful as it gets. Koivu deflects a Ryan Suter shot, 5-hole on Niemi to win it for the Wild in OT. Video courtesy of NHL.com
Hockey Wilderness Apr 23, 2016

WATCH: Mikko Koivu ties it up late

The Kaptain, Mikko Koivu ladies and gentlemen! Finds a loose rebound in front of Niemi and flips it home! Video courtesy of NHL.com

Wild postgame: Two power-play goals turn series

Game 3 might prove to be the anomaly in this series between the Wild and Dallas in more ways than one. The season series between the teams to that point had been a tale of two types of play: the Stars were 10 goals better than the Wild through seven games (five regular-season, two playoffs). That 10-goal advantage was accounted for entirely by non 5-on-5 play; in even-strength situations, the Wild was even with Dallas. So of course in Game 3 the Wild managed a 4-on-4 goal (the go-ahead tally by Jason Pominville), a crucial Mikko Koivu power play goal and then an empty-netter by Pominville to...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 20, 2016

HW Podcast 063: Game 3 Recap, or, Everybody's Favorite Pugilist

We talk about Kurtis Gabriel a lot, and Joe can't say "Torchetti" Flying solo no longer, Tony sees his regular co-pilot Joe return to the podcast to recap the Wild’s Game 3 win vs. the Stars, and break down all of the major plot points of the game. Topics include: Kurtis Gabriel joining the Wild for Game 3 The Jason Pominville - Erik Haula - Nino Niederreiter going off Why it took until Game 3 for Minnesota pulling off a victory? Mikko Koivu stepping up in this series On a weirdly related note, possible landing spots for Koivu and Pominville this offseason What to expect in Game...

Koivu proves to be Wild's captain of industry

Mikko Koivu’s urgent Game 3 effort gave Wild teammates a needed emotional lift
Hockey Wilderness Apr 19, 2016

Mikko Koivu's leadership exemplified in Game 3

The Minnesota Wild did something in Game 3 they hadn't done but twice this whole season - come from behind and win. Even more important was the way the game had started. Just 26 seconds in, Patrick Sharp deflected a shot past Devan Dubnyk. Some how, some way, the Wild defense had left Sharp, a player with 511 career points, alone in front of the net. After the Wild gave up a second goal to Sharp, something changed with the team. The Chris Porter goal with under a minute left in the first period was huge. It was scored in time that can be used to swing the momentum of games. The...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 18, 2016

WATCH: Mikko Koivu pot a rebound on the power play

Mikko Koivu camped out front finds a rebound off a Jared Spurgeon shot on the power play! Video kourtesy of NHL.com

Mikko Koivu Photos

Wild Player News

  • Mikko Koivu

    HW Podcast 064: Out of the Playoffs... Again...

  • Zach Parise

    Wild's Zach Parise hopes rehab will enable him to avoid back surgery

  • Thomas Vanek

    Wild looks to carry Game 3 momentum into Wednesday's Game 4; Vanek, Parise updates

  • Erik Haula

    Haula expected to return Saturday for the Wild; Dubnyk misses Friday's practice

  • Devan Dubnyk

    Wilderness Walk: Over Edition

  • Ryan Suter

    It's a Wild rarity when Koivu, Suter team up to deliver a key goal

  • Nino Niederreiter

    WATCH: Nino burns Niemi on the breakaway

  • Charlie Coyle

    Here's the best thing about Charlie Coyle's great season: He can get even better

  • Jason Pominville

    Wild postgame: Two power-play goals turn series

  • David Jones