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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Wild/Hawks Game 4 recap

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Wild get shutout in game 4

Hannah Foslien

The game started out on a good note with Jason Pominville made his long awaited playoff debut in a Wild jersey tonight. However, it became clear early on that this was going to be one of the few positive notes for the Wild tonight.

The negatives were pretty damn negative. Harding got hurt towards the end of the first period. The power play was horrible, and the Wild are now 0 for 15 when it comes to power plays in this series.

Darcy Kuemper let in a goal on the first shot he faced, and honestly probably should have been able to make that save. Tough to fault the 22 year old rookie in his first NHL playoff game however.

The game lacked the physicality that worked so well for the Wild on Sunday. The entire team lack chemistry. The Devin Setoguchi/Jason Zucker/Matt Cullen line recorded ZERO shots on goal.

At some point, the leadership of the team as a whole needs to be addressed. It's not one guy (or a handful) or one coach. It seems like as soon as one thing goes wrong, the whole team loses their mind and can't get back to playing whatever their role is.

Guys were running into each other, missing passes, and flat out panicking. The second most frustrating thing about this game behind losing? No one player really had a "horrible" game compared to everyone else. No one player cost the team this game. It was a team effort, and frankly that's pretty sad.

Zach Parise was noticeably ticked off in his post game interview. At one point, a national media member talked about how the Wild had been counted out when it came to even making the playoffs and Parise replied with a curt "Yeah, you guys count us out quite a bit."

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Yeo is a great coach. But the power play fiasco needs to be addressed and fixed if the Wild want to have a chance in this series. Yeo said in his post game presser that they will be looking at all the options when it comes to the power play, but honestly that line has been fed to the media and fans so many times that almost no one believes it, or that it would matter.

The Wild are down 3-1 in this series. That's one more win than 90% of hockey fans/writers expected. Thursday night's game is in Chicago is another late start (8:30), and if the Wild lose they can finally go join the Colorado Avalanche in Vegas for some fun times.

Final Stats

player

G

A

p/m

pim

hits

blocks

shots

toi

Scandella

0

0

-2

0

0

2

1

15:14

Cullen

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

18:59

Koivu

0

0

-2

0

2

1

3

21:32

Setoguchi

0

0

-1

0

3

0

0

16:15

Parise

0

0

-2

0

1

0

5

20:51

Zucker

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

11:44

Mitchell

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

9:39

Veilleux

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

7:06

Suter

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

30:23

Brodziak

0

0

0

0

1

1

3

22:10

Clutterbuck

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

15:11

Brodin

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

20:30

Pominville

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

12:12

Falk

0

0

-1

0

1

0

0

11:23

Spurgeon

0

0

-2

2

0

1

2

17:05

Coyle

0

0

-2

2

2

0

3

17:03

Gilbert

0

0

-1

0

0

0

0

14:38

Bouchard

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

14:21