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The Minnesota Wild look to take back momentum against Colorado in Game 2!

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Holla!
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Doug Pensinger

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

Time to give the Avs what they deserve- NO RESPECT! Darcy Kuemper is possibly returning to back up Ilya Bryzgalov, and Erik Haula will take the 3rd line center spot from Kyle Brodziak.

Make sure to stick around the Wilderness today for more coverage of tonight's game. On to the walk!

Yesterday's Playoff Results

Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks - 04/18/2014

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - Recap - April 18, 2014 - ESPN

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 News

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.

Enemy News

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!

NHL Grab Bag: Brian Burke Made a Joke on Twitter and It Was Funny. We Wanted to Tweet ‘Ha-ha’ at Him But We Didn’t. -Always a good laugh!