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NHL: Minnesota Wild at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Bolts

Paquette. Johnson. Namestnikov. Your latest injured Bolts in their 4-1 victory for the Wild. [Raw Charge]

Check out the view from the other side. [Hockey Wilderness]

Listen to a eight-minute clip of all the highlights from last night’s win. [Lightning Power Play]

Jon Cooper said after the game the injuries don't sound encouraging. Neither do his comments.

We hear the Lightning could use a center or three right now...

With the loss, the high-flying Wild have now scored five goals in the last four games. [Pioneer Press]

The League

After Valtteri Filppula rejected a trade that would’ve sent him to Toronto, many wondered how much Mike Babcock had to do with that decision. Filppula did play for Babcock in Detroit, and the two won the Cup. Fippula said this about Babcock on Thursday morning: “I felt like he taught me to play the right way, play well defensively and after that the good things will happen offensively as well.” [The Toronto Sun]

An Irish hurler dude was part of a show where two professional athletes swap jobs. This guy picked the professional hockey player card. His time with the Canucks is making headlines because of the “drinking culture” the guy says exists, at least in Vancouver. Well, here’s the Canucks’ side of it. [The Province]

John Tortorella’s face is on a bottle of whiskey because why not.

This: Tom Sestito embodies NHL’s never-ending culture of violence and revenge. [The Hockey News]

The NHL is probably not going to the next Winter Olympics in Korea. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]