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Wild coach: We need to hate the Blackhawks

May 5, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 3: Brandon Bollig #52, Andrew Shaw #65 and Michael Frolik #67 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Frolik scored in the first period, as Justin Falk #44 of the Minnesota Wild stands in the foreground, in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 03, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks have a 2-0 series lead over the Minnesota Wild going into this afternoon’s contest (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC). Wild coach Mike Yeo didn’t shy away from the fact that his team is “desperate,” according to the Star Tribune.

Yeo wants to see the Wild play an intense game and in order to do that, they need to hate the Blackhawks.

“There’s no question that I really believe that to be successful, there has to be a level of hatred for the team that you’re playing against,” Yeo said. “It shouldn’t be hard for us. They’re trying to take away something from us.”

In particular, Yeo wants to see Minnesota play a more physical game against Chicago’s key defensemen.

“You look back at the game and we have opportunities to finish checks on a guy like [Duncan] Keith and we’re not taking those opportunities,” Yeo said. “We have to understand it’s more than just that play. It’s about investing in the series and making sure that every time they’re going to touch a puck that they know that you’re coming.”

Prior to the start of Sunday’s contest, Minnesota called up Mikael Granlund, Stephane Veilleux, and Jake Dowell.

It’s also worth noting that Josh Harding will make his third straight start in the playoffs.

  1. sjsharks66 - May 5, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    How do they not hate the Hawks already?

  2. girouxed - May 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Chicago is eating them for breakfast

  3. 950003cups - May 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Only thing worse than not making the playoffs, is making it and getting swept in round one. Spent many a year as a Devils fan dealing with that until last year.

    • prideonice - May 6, 2013 at 9:40 AM

      I’ll make sure to let the Canucks know….

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