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Offense A Big Problem For The Minnesota Wild

from Michel Russo of the StarTribune,

Six weeks ago, the Wild was gearing up for a deep Stanley Cup run.

But late Sunday afternoon, in a quickly-emptying locker room full of sweaty, stunned faces, Eric Staal voiced what everybody in the organization and thousands of fans who invested their hearts and money into what’s quickly becoming a lost season had to be thinking.

“After the type of year we had, this is definitely hard to imagine right now,” Staal said. “We’ve got to find a way to win one.”

After a franchise-record 106 points, the Wild is three games into this postseason and have yet to figure out how to win a game against the St. Louis Blues or light up their stingy goalie.

Three games that could have gone either way, yet it’s the Wild that lost 3-1 Sunday afternoon to find itself in a colossal 3-0 cavity.


Below, watch Bruce Boudreau post-game...

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The Minnesota Wild Must Now Win 4 Out Of 5 Games

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only 18 teams in NHL history have rallied to win a best-of-seven series after losing their first two games at home. The last to do so was the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins in the first round against Montreal.

Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Wild face the daunting task of erasing 2-0 deficit.

Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series hold a record of 305-48 (86.4 percent). The Blues are 10-2 in such situations. The two other times they won the first two games on the road ended in a sweep (1993 vs. Chicago and 2001 vs. Dallas).

“We don’t worry about any of that stuff. People can say whatever they want and think we have no chance, but we’ve seen crazier things happen,” Wild winger Jason Zucker said. “We feel we’re a very good hockey team, and we’ve got to come in [Sunday] and win a game.”

Most concerning, though, is that Yeo has implemented a game plan that has neutralized the NHL’s second-best offensive team.

In 137 minutes, 48 seconds in the series, the Blues have allowed two goals, none at 5-on-5. Add in the March 7 meeting that was Yeo’s first game as head coach against his former team, and the Wild hasn’t scored a 5-on-5 goal in 197 minutes against the Blues.

Yeo swears this isn’t because he knows the Wild so intimately that he has some secret elixir as to how to shut down its players.


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The Minnesota Wild And Edmonton Oilers Need A Win

from Dan Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

No reason for panic yet. At least that’s the approach the Minnesota Wild are taking after Wednesday’s disheartening playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues.

While the Wild might have thrown their best punch in Game 1 despite the loss — it’s hard to imagine them firing 52 shots on net again in this best-of-seven series — coach Bruce Boudreau implored his players to keep their heads up.

“You’re not looking at like, ‘Uh oh. There’s only three more games left,’ ” Boudreau said. “I think if we play that way and 10 percent better, then I think the results will be a little bit different. … We anticipate a long series.”


from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

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Jake Allen Stars In Blues Win Over The Wild

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

He sure looked like a human being, but we knew better.

Sitting at his locker on Wednesday night — excuse me, Thursday morning — Jake Allen had the characteristics of a regular person, but mere humans just don't save 51 shots on the road in a playoff game. The extraordinary was extraterrestrial, the superb was superhuman.

How does one describe Jake's 2-1, Game 1 overtime win?

“I don't know that I really can, and I've had time to think about it, too,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said, about 20 minutes after the clock struck midnight. “I knew it was going to be the first question. “

Well, here's a way to describe it: The Blues didn't deserve to win, but the play of one Blue made up for the mediocre play of the other 18.

If they play like this again, they'll lose.

“It’s a long series,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I thought we played a good game. … We had 90-some shots at the net (and) 52 shots on the net. I thought territorially we were pretty good.”


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The Time Is Now For The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Before every game, more than a dozen Wild players, most young, some old(er), find a dark spot in the bottom of any arena for a game of soccer hackysack.

As the ball bobs off heads, feet and knees and arena pillars, piping and parapets, loud, laughing teammates are wearing T-shirts that say, “I’M COMMITTED” on the front and “OUR TIME IS NOW!” on the back.
There’s no doubt the Wild’s best chance of delivering the Stanley Cup to the “State of Hockey” in the organization's 16 years is now and begins Wednesday night against St. Louis Blues.

The Wild, as deep as it has ever been, had its best regular season in franchise history and scored more goal than every team in the West. It was only 6½ weeks ago that General Manager Chuck Fletcher put all his “chips in the middle of the table for this year” and freighted a haul of draft picks to Arizona for Martin Hanzal because “we are taking a swing” for the Cup.

Three players who don’t take part in the soccer warmup are elder statesmen Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. They have other means of prepping for games.

But the slogan, “Time is Now,” arguably best describes the Wild’s captain and his two lieutenants.


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All Craig Leipold

from Dan Myers of Wild.com,

DM: You became the majority owner of the Wild in 2008. After a few years outside the playoffs, the club has now reached the postseason five straight years. Would you say the bar has been raised for this franchise, in terms of your expectations for it on a yearly basis?

CL: The bar is higher. I mean, five in a row, comes within what we consider to be "elite status." There aren't many teams that have done that. Even though our history has been really good, and our present is great, the next five years look to be phenomenal as well. We've got a great, young core of players and we've got young guys, prospects coming up that look like they're going to be outstanding NHL players. So we're all excited. The bar is higher for us, not only for our fans, but for our team, the players, the bar is higher and for management, the bar is higher.

DM: After a historic regular season and with a bunch of guys coming off career-best years, is this as excited as you've been heading into the playoffs?

CL: Yeah. Playoffs are crazy. All teams step up and there's a great formula for being successful in the playoffs: staying healthy, having great goaltending and scoring goals. If we can do that, and I think this is certainly the best team I've ever had here, we have that kind of organization and teamwork that I feel really confident in. We can have a lot of fun this year and make a lot of noise.


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Video- Post Or Else

I better hurry up and post this or else...

I received this email after 11:00pm ET last night.

Post a link

Care to make a post for the worst offside call all season?  I know it doesn't affect the red wings but come on...you were very quick to put up tom Wilson high stick but aren't all over this?  Put it up or just call your website a red wings fan site.  League VERY lucky the caps pulled this off in OT.

Well we can't have that can we.  Watch below....

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Video- Tom Wilson’s High Stick On Zach Parise

Four minutes for high sticking.


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Video- Bruce Boudreau After Another Loss Today

The Minnesota Wild with another loss today.  They were down 4-0 and scored two late goals to make the score closer than it really was.  The Wild are now 2-8-0 in their last 10 games.

Bruce Boudreau after the game...


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Video- Bruce Boudreau Post Game Today

The Wild went down 4-0 to the Jets today, then the Minnesota scored 4 in the second period to tie the score.

Winnipeg scored the only goal in the 3rd period to win 5-4.

Boudreau after the Wild lost their 5th game in a row.


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