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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.

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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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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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Video- Jake Allen Save That Wasn’t

After a review, Blake Wheeler has his goal.

 

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Videos- One Thing Learned Last Night, The Puck Bounces To The Right

Two examples...

 

 

One more below...

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Video- Ryan Reaves Finishing His Ceck On Nikolaj Ehlers?

Two minutes for roughing.

 

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Kevin Shattenkirk Headed To The Washington Capitals

 

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added 11:16pm, Washington release is below...

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A Five-Year Extension For Patrik Beglund In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - The Blues have agreed to terms on a new five-year, $19.25 million contract extension with center Patrik Berglund.

Berglund's previous three-year deal was set to expire at the end of the season. If left unsigned, he would have become an unrestricted free agent.

Berglund has played in 60 games this season and ranks second on the team in goals (17) and is third in game-winning goals (3). He has netted 16 of those goals in his last 30 games.

Berglund has been with the Blues since being drafted by the club in the first round (No. 25 overall) in 2006. The Vasteras, Sweden-native is one of just 16 players to appear in at least nine seasons with the Blues. He has accumulated 286 points, including 145 goals and 141 assists, in 615 regular season games. Berglund has also posted 10 goals and 12 assists in 49 career playoff appearances.

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Video- Vincent Trochek’s Goal With 4.6 Ticks Left Gives The Panthers 5 Consecutive Wins

As you can see, Jake Allen had a tough time picking up the puck.

 

 

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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