Wilderness Walk: It Could Have Been Worse Edition

Jonathan Daniel

Your daily source for Minnesota Wild news.

In the end, it went the way we all expected.  However, the score doesn't tell the full story and the Wild actually put up a decent showing against the defending champs.  They outshot the Blackhawks and controlled play for a large chunk of the game.  Unfortunately, Corey Crawford stood tall when the Wild had their chances and Patrick Kane is crazy good.  (And he's only 25!!  The new Crosby!!!).

No need to panic yet.  Mike Yeo and his staff made crucial adjustments between games in the first round to counter the Avalanche attack.  They will no doubt have a new game plan for Sunday.  Here's what he said post-game:

We had some good moments, but we're not happy with our game tonight.  I felt that we didn't have everybody at the level we needed to be at, so we'll rectify that.

So bring on Game 2: Rectification!  On to the Walk:

Wild News

Game Recaps

Kane, Blackhawks too much for Wild in Game 1 | Star Tribune

Blackhawks 5, Wild 2: Minnesota better than last year but not good enough - TwinCities.com

Tom Powers: Wild beaten at their own methodical game - TwinCities.com

Kane too much for the Wild as he scores twice in the 3rd to lift Chicago to a 5-2 Game 1 victory | State of Hockey News

Patrick Kane rescues Blackhawks in 5-2 victory - chicagotribune.com

Mike Yeo unhappy with team's Game 1 performance | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Mike Yeo basically said that a bunch of guys didn't show up for this game.  I think he may have been a little too critical.  We'll have to see how the players respond.

Other Wild News

Wild: Mike Yeo ready to play Matt Cooke in Game 4 - TwinCities.com- He might be needed to stir some things up.  Game 1 was far too civil.  There just doesn't seem to be that much hate between the players.  So far...

Wild: Kuemper in Twin Cities; Harding 'an extreme longshot' - TwinCities.com- You know what else was a long shot?  Using five different goaltenders, starting a guy named John Curry, signing Bryzgalov, and having him win Game 7.  Nothing is out of the realm of possibility when it comes to Wild goaltending.

Have The Minnesota Wild Finally "Made It"?- They've certainly earned some respect around the league.  But there's a fine line between playoff competitor and legitimate cup contender.

PHOTO: Wild's Coyle given 15 stitches in Game 7, ready for 2nd round | theScore- Gotta love that smile.

Josh Harding, Ilya Bryzgalov, John Curry all on the ice in Chicago | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Kuemper sent back to Minnesota to see a doctor.  How long until Backstrom is back on the ice?

The Team of 18,001: Keys To Victory Against Chicago

Wild teammates have goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's back - chicagotribune.com- Bryz is fitting in surprisingly well with the team.

Blackhawks News

Blackhawks striving to cut down on penalties - chicagotribune.com- Special teams has already played a big role in this series.

Advanced analytics are the Blackhawks’ secret formula for success - Chicago Sun-Times- Toronto and Colorado, take note.

Parise, Toews enjoying much better postseasons | Star Tribune- The two stars are certainly familiar with each other.

Off The Trail

Eulogy: Remembering the 2013-14 Colorado Avalanche | Puck Daddy- At last, the send off to our beloved Avalanche.  Why not us?

Preparing for big step back for Colorado Avalanche (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy- For once, Lambert may be right.  Colorado won't completely suck next year, but they are a long shot to win the division.

NHL Grab Bag: Sad Ryan O’Reilly Just Keeps Getting Sadder and Sadder - Just to rub it in a little further, more O'Reilly getting hit with that stick.

The Beauty of P.K. Subban | TheColorOfHockey- Love him or hate him, Subban is an exciting player to watch.  Stay classy, Bruins fans.

Todd McLellan safe? Sharks GM telling owners he wants coach back | Puck Daddy- It must be tough to be a Sharks fan.  I'm not sure you can blame McLellan for everything, especially when you lose to a dominant Kings team.

Is John Tortorella a Coaching fit in St. Louis?- Trading Hitchcock for Tortorella is so crazy it just might work?  Nah.

NHL teams using iPads high tech apps during 2014 playoffs | Home Ice - SI.com

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