Wild 'can't play with any fear' in Game 6

Wild 'can't play with any fear' in Game 6
May 13, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Nina Falcone

For the second time this postseason, the Minnesota Wild have found themselves down, 3-2, in a series.

It's not an ideal situation to be in, but it's a challenge they've embraced and conquered in the past.

Now the Wild will look to do the same in Game 6 against the Blackhawks, and they're looking forward to having a chance to show just what they're capable of with their backs against the wall.

"I'm excited. I would say that there's pressure on both teams, and if you don't embrace that, then there's something wrong," head coach Mike Yeo told Minnesota reporters. "You don't coach or you don't play to play an exhibition game or Game 23 of the regular season. You do all that stuff to get yourself to this point. These are the games you dream of, and with that, we all have got to find a way to be at our best tonight and embrace the challenge."

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Despite the pressures of a win-or-go-home situation, Minnesota's not lacking confidence.

The Wild have been here before, and the chance to play back for a home crowd that they have yet to lose in front of this postseason sure doesn't hurt their mental or physical game.

"We've responded well when we had to," Zach Parise said.

"We've played pretty well throughout, and that was the same last series. I think we feel good about our (approach) because we're still pretty confident in here."

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The Wild know what's at stake Tuesday night. They're not thinking in terms of wins and losses at this point; instead, on how they can be their best throughout all 60 minutes of the game.

That includes playing a strong, desperate game with no signs of nervousness.

"We can't play with any fear," Yeo said. "We have to make sure that we're not afraid of anything, that we might lose. The only thing that should be entering our thought process is what's a possibility of being gained."