Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/11/14 at 04:59 PM ET
from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,
As Minnesota Wild players filed into the visiting locker room at United Center, they walked to the same stalls they occupied in Games 1 and 2 out of habit.
But it quickly became apparent they were in the wrong spot, pads and nameplates serving as evidence.
After losing the first two games of their second-round series on the Chicago Blackhawks' home ice, the Wild switched things up before Game 5 in Chicago, hoping a different routine might yield different results.
The team stayed at a different hotel, occupied different locker stalls, went through a few different drills at the team's morning skate and left for the rink at a different time -- if only by a few minutes.
Some habits die hard, though.
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