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Wild put a sleeper hold on the Blackhawks

Based upon the Twitter reactions of those who were watching the Minnesota Wild defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Tuesday night (climbing back into a series they trail 2 games to 1), the fact that the Wild nursed a 0-0 tie into the third period and happened to pounce on the Blackhawks seemed eerily reminiscent of the kinds of efforts Jacques Lemaire's trap-tastic, "lull 'em to sleep" machines of the mid-"naughties."

Not surprisingly, ESPN's Scott Burnside reports that the Wild do indeed believe that dilligent checking's the only way to stifle the Blackhawks' offensive machine:

After meandering their way through more than two periods of some of the most lackluster hockey produced by any two teams anywhere this spring, the Wild struck for two picture-perfect goals in a span of 2 minutes, 37 seconds early in the third period to break open a scoreless game and go on to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

"We know it's going to be a really checking game. You don't have a lot of room there, you don't have a lot of time to skate with the puck. Both teams are in their face all the time. Sometimes the games are like that and you need to find a way to get a win. Tonight we were able to do that," offered Mikael Granlund, who scored the Wild's second goal and added an empty-netter to round out the scoring.

The victory, regardless of its pedigree, was significant on a number of fronts.

First, it allowed the Wild to narrow the Blackhawks' lead in this Western Conference semifinal series to 2-1. It was, not to overstate the obvious, a victory the Wild absolutely had to have.

It also marked the team's fourth straight home victory in this playoff season, which is critical given they are 1-5 on the road.

Burnside continues...

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To say Chicago is stacked is the understatement of the century.  Their star players are playing on contracts that are maybe half of what they will be on their new contracts.  Looking up and down their lineup, it is like looking at an all-star team.  I do not blame Yeo one bit for constructing a ‘bore them to death’ trap system.  How else is he supposed to compete?  Hell, they have Kane, Toews, and Saad for another season for a combined 13 million. 

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 05/07/14 at 08:40 AM ET

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“Mild Cawks.”  A flaccid series.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 05/07/14 at 10:02 AM ET

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