Wild: A 'good' game won't cut it vs. Blackhawks

Wild: A 'good' game won't cut it vs. Blackhawks
May 3, 2014, 3:45 pm
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Nina Falcone

The Minnesota Wild took the ice with a little extra spring in their step on Saturday afternoon.

Just hours after their 5-2 loss in Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Wild were back running drills inside the United Center and not missing a beat.

"We feel good," Mikko Koivu said after his team's practice. "I think it's good after a game, you have to get out there and sweat it out a bit and get moving."

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Sure, there are moments from Friday night's game that the Wild would like to have back. There were problems on special teams, as Minnesota allowed two goals on the penalty kill and failed to capitalize on the power play. There were 11 missed shots in the second period alone that could have been the difference-maker.

But opposed to dwelling on that, the Wild are spending their time in between games looking ahead and working on the issues they faced in Game 1.

"What can you do, you can't bring this game back, you can't bring those goals back. It's it," goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov said. "You've got to leave it behind and step on the ice (Sunday) and work as hard as you can and do everything possible to give ourselves the best chances to win the game."

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After Friday's game, coach Mike Yeo said his team's performance was nothing for them to hang their hats on; not necessarily because they played a bad game, per se. But at this point in the postseason, a "good" performance just won't cut it.

As they head into Game 2 on Sunday afternoon, the Wild are remaining focused on the little details they missed previously and hope that can lead to a positive change before heading to Minnesota.

"When I watched the game again — and I watched it carefully — we played a good game last game but we didn't play a great game," Yeo said. "The little things that were missing, there was just a very small dip in some of the little things — stick on puck, net-front screens, whether it's a shot block that ended up being the difference.

"Knowing who we're playing against and the level of the team they are, we're not going to get away with playing good games."