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Wild gain steam; Gretzky leaves for Torino

Updated: February 13, 2006, 7:30 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Every time we go to hammer the Minnesota Wild for being intransigent and operating in a frostbitten vacuum, they go on a tear.

Just as we prepare to blast the Wild for being cheap and denying their fans a competitive, playoff team, they light it up with their low-end but suddenly high-powered offense.

Gee, Jacques, give us a break will you?

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