Brand new day. Brand new game. It's easy to get down after Thursday's loss by thinking of what could have been. But let's look at the positive:
- The Wild should have won Game 1, and that could bode well for the future. The Avalanche are a beatable team. As long as the players can keep the energy up, pucks are going to bounce their way.
- The Wild came back from 3-1 to a much more formidable Colorado team in '03. No need to panic yet.
- All it takes is one game to take back momentum. Make a statement on the road before heading to the X.
"I think we had too much respect for them, personally."
-Mike Yeo, on Colorado's forwards
Make sure to stick around the Wilderness today for more coverage of tonight's game. On to the walk!
Yesterday's Playoff Results
Red Wings steal Game 1 thanks to Pavel Datsyuk's incredible game-winner (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Datsyuk magic. Such a great game.
Wild's approach after Game 1 loss: 'Deal with it and move on' | Star Tribune- Matt Cooke has been through the playoffs more than a few times. It's good to have veteran leadership to help put things in perspective.
Wild looking to put Game 1 meltdown in rearview mirror | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com- Russo says Haula is excited to play on the third line. Hopefully he and Nino can develop some chemistry.
Minnesota Wild players trying to put Game 1 disappointment behind them - TwinCities.com- Let's hope they have short memories.
Tom Powers: Minnesota Wild's net still belongs to Ilya Bryzgalov - TwinCities.com- It's Bryz's net, but if he struggles more, how soon does Kuemper get a shot?
Minnesota Wild Errors Lead to Loss in Game One- If only they had just CLEARED THE PUCK.
Minnesota Wild In Need of a Little Soul Searching- Dakota Case agrees- this is a winnable series.
The Team of 18,001: Chalk Talk: The Dagger In Game 1- An in-depth look at a critical point in the game where Granlund, Moulson, and Pominville had a chance to put the Wild up 5-3. Woulda shoulda coulda.
Yeo argues Wild need to be more physical with rookie MacKinnon | ProHockeyTalk- Yeah let's hit him! The problem is you have to catch him first.
NHL playoffs: It's never too early for Patrick Roy to pull his goalie - SBNation.com- An interesting read on Patrick Roy's strategy of pulling Varlamov with 3:01 to play. Big risk, big reward.
Avs focusing on power play, line changes after overtime win in Game 1 - The Denver Post- Dater's blog on Colorado's Friday practice. Most importantly: Matt Duchene and John Mitchell did not skate and will not play in Game 2.
Stastny goes from sweating out trade deadline to hero in Avalanche's 5-4 win over Wild in OT | Star Tribune- Stastny was a hero on Thursday. It'll be interesting to see if he tests free agency this summer.
Nathan MacKinnon impresses Avalanche with his composure in Stanley Cup Playoffs - Avalanche vs Wild - 2014 SCP First Round- He's a pretty impressive kid. Now let's shut him down!
Off The Trail
Joel Quenneville fined $25,000 for Michael Jackson impression during Game 1 tirade | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- The NHL took offense to Quenneville's "antics." Click the link for some awesome GIFs.
New NHL playoff format: Instant gratification, diminishing returns (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports- Typical Lambert rant that ends up making no sense. He loses credibility by paragraph 3 where he says the "St. Louis Blues were never a particularly great team." Ha.
Marc-Andre Fleury Wins Game 1, Still Faces Endless Questions- Fleury is by no means a bad goaltender, but he's put up some UGLY playoff save percentages.
NHL Draft War Room: NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings Combined- Let's hope the Wild are drafting 30th (Or 29th because of the New Jersey penalty).
Duhatschek: Goals galore in the first two nights of the NHL playoffs - The Globe and Mail- "Niemi had the hardest lead to protect in hockey- five goals- and he almost let it slip away." The first two days featured some high scoring games, but last night's 1-0 Detroit win brought back some defense.
Playoff viewership way up through first two days | ProHockeyTalk- Always good news!