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Video- Mike Rupp Suspended Four Games

Here is the video explanation on the suspension...

 

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Afternoon Lines

via Wes Walz tweets,

listening to self proclaimed "hockey experts" call MIke Rupp a goon is wrong! MR never susp EVER and has been honest player his whole career

Tough play with Osh last night,love him as a player BUT don't forget 2 weeks ago when Blues wanted to "send a message" to Wild #livebysword

Moral of the story....play hard ALWAYS and be a TOUGH team to play against but do so....quietly. #headsupwhenheadingintoforest

via Jeremy Rutherford tweets,

Hitch: “The comments by Wes Walz, knowing the (Wild) coaching staff the way I do, I don’t believe they would condone those comments.

Hitch cont'd: "... and quite frankly with a player getting hurt like that, they’re just disgusting."

If you missed the hit from Rupp on Oshie, watch it here...

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Video- Mike Rupp Hit On T.J. Oshie

Mike Rupp will have a phone hearing today with the NHL for this hit on T.J. Oshie.

Oshie is listed as day-to-day byt the Blues.

 

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Wild Backup Goalie John Curry Meets An Old Friend

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

John Curry knew Zach Parise before he was an NHL star and U.S. Olympic captain.

“We played together three years for the Minnesota Blades, plus I remember playing against him in squirts when he was with Bloomington and I was with Minnetonka,” said Curry, 30, a Shorewood native and seventh goaltender to dress for the Wild this season. “You never know for sure when you’re young, but everyone knew back then that he would be one of the best players of our age group.”

Parise laughed last year when Curry, a familiar face from his past, joined the Wild organization on a minor league deal. That contract was turned into an NHL deal in February just in case the Wild ran into injury problems. Of course, the team has with Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper on the shelf.

“Twenty years ago, he was a stand-up goalie,” Parise said. “But he was good. He was really good.”

Said the 5-11 Curry, who was a huge North Stars and Jon Casey fan as a kid, “I was a weird style goalie for sure. I’ve always had probably a little different style. When I grew up, they were still teaching skate saves, so there was no butterfly theory yet.”

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Wild Getting Great Goaltending From Bryzgalov

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

For the record, Ilya Bryzgalov is now 4-0-1 since we wrote that the Minnesota Wild would have the worst goaltending in the Western Conference going into the playoffs, and maybe the worst goaltending of all 16 playoff teams regardless of the final grid.

We're not necessarily backing off that suggestion -- rookie Darcy Kuemper is an untested element and slumped before being sidelined by an injury, and we have seen Bryzgalov up close in the playoffs and let's just say the results were not sterling.

Still, kudos to Bryzgalov for stepping into the breach and delivering the kind of starts many believed were beyond him. His current streak includes back-to-back shutouts, including a 1-0 blanking of Winnipeg on Monday in which he stopped 24 shots. Bryzgalov has allowed just five goals in this five-game span that has seen the Wild all but lock up the first wild card spot in the Western Conference.

read on for Custance on John Gibson and the Ducks, LeBrun on the Canucks and Strang on the Devils...

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Big Night For The Wild

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Monday night was a good night for the Minnesota Wild. Not only did they land the most sought-after college free agent in defenseman Christian Folin, they earned two huge points in Los Angeles with a 3-2 win over the streaking Kings.

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov continued to prove his worth as a trade deadline addition with his fourth win with the Wild (4-0-2) and Matt Moulson, another deadline addition, tied the game with his third period goal.

The Wild are in the process of locking down one of the two Western Conference wild card spots, and while their first-round match-up won't be much of a reward -- likely the Blues, Ducks or Sharks -- the Wild proved again they can play with anyone when things are going well.

read on for Burnide on a few topics, LeBrun on the Ducks and Strong on the Devils...

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Video- What Would You Have Called On This Nino Niederreiter Hit?

Nino Niederreiter received two for interference, Alex Burrows would return to the game.

Here is the the video from the Wild broadcast and below is the Vancouver broadcast...

 

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Video- Nate Prosser Elbow On Tim Sestito

Prosser received five for elbowing and a game misconduct.

via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger on the health of Sestito, 

He’s coherent. He feels alright but wasn’t able to come back,” DeBoer said.

Scroll to the :20 second mark for the hit.

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Video- Zach Parise Booed In His Return To New Jersey

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Loud boos for Parise being announced in starting lineup.

Boos for Parise every time he touches the puck.

You can watch an example below...

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Zach Parise Returns To New Jersey Tonight

from Randy Miller of NJ.com,

As happy as Zach Parise has been playing for the Minnesota Wild since leaving the Devils two summers ago - and it appears he's loving life playing close to home - there's so much he misses about his first NHL stop.

His misses his old teammates.

His misses his old fans.

His misses being in a place where he grew up on and off the ice playing for a super strict Hall of Fame boss, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello.

"Lou runs a really tight ship there," Parise told reporters. "People have heard the stories — no facial hair, no taping over the stripes on your socks, no jerseys tucked. There's a lot of things.

"It's all about being a team and not one person sticking out in front of anybody else. They really teach you about being a good teammate and being a professional. Everything is first class. They do a good job, when you're a young player especially, [teaching you] what it takes to play in the league and how to be a pro."

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