Originally written on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 4/27/13
A moment of tension deserves a little levity.  A well-timed joke can ease the nerves and focus the mind on the task at hand instead of just worrying about the possible outcome.  Any good locker room has a player or two that is capable of realizing that moment and then makes the correct remark to put the whole locker room in a more relaxed state.  The Wild probably could use a well-timed joke about now.  Maybe Zenon Konopka will be that guy to make his team laugh before they go in what will be the most tension-filled game they've dealt with thus far.  A scenario where the team must win if it wants to punch a ticket to the playoffs.  Its likely not going to be very easy as Colorado is going to want to do its best to spoil the Wild's hopes and after an embarassing 6-1 loss at home to lowly Edmonton the vultures have begun circling overhead.  Vultures of course only show up when they think someone is going to die, in this case its the post-season chances which seem to be in a pretty ten...
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