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‘We stick up for each other,’ says Wild coach Yeo

Nov 14, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild got the win Wednesday over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

However, the Wild’s response to a pair of on-ice incidents involving Leafs’ forward Nazem Kadri was a topic of discussion following Minnesota’s shootout victory.

Kadri ran Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, forcing him from the game with an injury, and was ejected in the third period for an illegal hit to the head of Mikael Granlund.

Hockey analyst Mike Milbury said during an intermission segment on NHL on NBCSN ‘This is when someone has to take care of Nazem Kadri.” He advocated for fighting as a way of “policing” such incidents.

“Do we match up against that team’s toughness? No, we don’t,” said Wild head coach Mike Yeo, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“If we want to start trading off, we go after Kadri, next thing you know, what are they going to go after? They’re going to go after our guys too and again we don’t match up in that toughness department against them.

“Now we do have a team that cares about each other very much, and we stick up for each other, trust me.”

  1. mp1131211 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    And they wouldn’t have gotten the win if they had got off their game and focused on dealing with Kadri. Wild handled this just fine. And the NHL would be smart to now do their job and suspend and find the Leafs player.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      *fine

  2. 950003cups - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    This is why you always want to pay tough guys who can score in your roster. Damn I miss Clarkson. But our newest goal scorer Cam Janssen can handle himself in a scrap. Good thing he learned to fight after he started scoring.

    • cofran2004 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      cam jamssen has always been a punk, what are you talking about?? he started scoring long after he learned to be a punk.

  3. georgejarkko - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Perfect example of why there needs to be a lot less inter-conference games.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Do you think your post was thumbed-down for the grammatical error or the pure stupidity?

      • georgejarkko - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        could only be the grammatical awkwardness, because there are entirely too many inter-conference games.

  4. tracerbob - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    The Wild did just what the needed too. Needo almost lost it a couple times, Yeow got him under control and he played a good game. Yeow could have turned Konopka loose and he choose not too. Brodziak went on a mini tear with some great CLEAN hits. I have no issue with fights in the game or good clean hits. The Leafs came out hitting they new it was the only way they could win, it’s how they played the first meeting, a home game they won. Kadri took it too far, if you saw the look on his face as he passed Randy Carlyle you knew he was riding the piss bucket seat on his trip back home.

  5. pxland - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    “…we stick up for each other, trust me.”

    Obviously.

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