The Minnesota Wild have been down this road before, and they've proven themselves capable of coming back from a two-game deficit.
Now they have to hope to do the same against the Chicago Blackhawks.
"I’m disappointed that we’re here down 2-0, frustrated," Zach Parise said following his team's 4-1 loss. "But tonight we understand that we didn’t play nearly well enough to win. I think that’s what we’re upset about, not so much being down 2-0. That’s not fun either, but the way we played tonight wasn’t good enough, and definitely not good enough to beat the Blackhawks."
Much like Friday night's series opener, the Wild didn't get off to a very strong start, registering just two shots on net by the end of the first period. Their performance, again, got stronger as the game went on, but it wasn't enough get them to that next level they continue to search for.
"We have to create more to be a better team and I thought we did that in the second and third, but still we have to find another notch to create and score goals, too," Mikko Koivu said. "It's not easy, especially the further you go. That's a tough team defensively and obviously their goaltender is playing very well right now. So we have to be better around their net and find those pucks.
"It's the little things, but they're doing the little things better than us. We have to find that."
Sunday's results were far from what the Wild hoped for, but at the same time, the team is still confident they're not far off from being right back in this series. They hope a return to Minnesota for Games 3 and 4 can give them the boost they're searching for.
"I know our fans are going to be jacked up. It's going to be a loud building, it's going to be exciting," coach Mike Yeo said. "We look forward to that opportunity."
Yeo said he wants his team to throw Game 2 in the garbage and move on. The Wild aren't thrilled with their performances in Chicago, but they're confident they have it in them to still get the job done.
Their focus now is to take it one game at a time.
"This is a good team we played and you can't let them get in your head," Yeo continued. "They found a way to win two games. Well, you know what, we have to go do our job now; we have to go win our two games at home. We can't get caught in too big of a picture here because we're right where we were last series. I know that we're playing a different team, but the last team we played was pretty good, too. So our next game's our only challenge; it's our only thought right now."