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Wild reaction: ‘The game’s not over until it’s over’

Apr 18, 2014, 1:37 AM EDT

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It’s the one that got away.

The Minnesota Wild had a two-goal lead heading into the third period of Thursday’s playoff game against the Colorado Avalanche, and came away with a 5-4 overtime loss. The Avalanche now lead the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final 1-0, thanks to a thrilling come-from-behind effort.

Paul Stastny scored the overtime winner, after tying the game with 14 seconds left in regulation time. And how about that 18-year-old rookie Nathan MacKinnon, who had a trio of assists in his Stanley Cup playoff debut?

Coughing up such a lead was a point lamented by Wild players afterward.

“We have to learn from it and learn that the game’s not over until it’s over and you have to finish the games,” said Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.

The Wild also seem to have taken issue with a call that wasn’t made late in the third period.

Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, racing back to keep the puck out of the open net, swatted the puck away but then crashed into the goal, knocking it off. Wild forward Matt Cooke fired the puck toward the net, but play had already been blown dead.

  1. strictlythedanks - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Wild fan reaction:

    -Avs are ridiculously lucky
    – Where is the nearest bar?
    -Wish I was in colorado to purchase some legal weed
    – Minneapolis has to be the most sports success derprived town since phackin

    • purpleguy - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Nah, don’t flatter yourself or your team. Gut punch loss, yeah, but the Wild played well enough to win and the Avs earned their win. Life goes on, and we’ll give it another go Saturday.

  2. clarke16 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    The winner of game 2 will win this series. The team that can’t win game 2–given the setup here, doesn’t deserve it and wouldn’t progress anyway…

    • dueman - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:44 AM

      Silly comment….The team that wins 4 games will win this series, no matter which 4 they win. No single game will tell whether either team deserves it, or whether a team would or wouldn’t progress….except the series winning game (which won’t be game 2).

  3. kcprof926 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:10 AM

    Wild had a chance to clear puck with twenty seconds in own zone but decided to make one more pass. That play cost them the game.

  4. polegojim - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    C’mon bitter Wild fans… The Avs outplayed the Wild in the only category that matters… GOALS

  5. hardkor07mn - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Kcpro- well said. Not sure why they were scared to ice the puck? It still gives you about 30 seconds of rest and you could possibly score. It’s typical MN fashion, they can’t close the deal. Step on their throat when you have a lead!!!

    • wayoffpiste - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      are you serious? Outplayed? No sir. You won the game, and deservedly so, but your Avs looked shell-shocked when we went up 3-2 and then 4-2. Your team went flat for half the game and the Wild were in control. Unfortunately for us Wild fans, our team got a little complacent and made poor decisions, then the Avs kicked it in when they needed it.

      The Wild couldn’t finish and stopped winning battles, but we were not outplayed the whole game.

  6. mnwildfan15 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    How was that not a delay of game penalty at the end? No one else was there and he knocks the net off WTF????

    • joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Really! Have you read the rule book?

      Rule 63 A minor penalty shall be imposed on any player who delays the game by deliberately displacing a goal post from its normal position.

      • avscup - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        His momentum carried him into the post knocking it off. Pretty simple. Go Avs!

      • slickvb82 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        But Koivu checking/being checked at the same time and running into the net *is a penalty? C’mon Avs fans, you can’t be that stupid. Its a judgement call by the refs who have sucked all year, they wouldn’t even give Yeo an explanation on the Avs net off.

        Not blaming it on refs though, if I’m blaming on anything its our turnovers.

      • joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I’m not a Avs fan, and stop your whining. Whiners are losers. Put the biscuit in the net and win.

      • spoon9z - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        Slickvb82, HUGE difference between the two net plays…HUGE!

        Any student, fan or player of this game would see that, if not being completely unbiased.

        And Yeo was mad about the puck coming out to the neutral zone, not the no call. The reason it came out of the Avs zone was bc the d men joined the scrum after dbag Cooke (always was, always will be) shot the puck after a clear whistle after the net was dislodged.

        On the positive side, loved watching Coyle’s game and Spurgeon looks good for two guys I have little knowledge of. Seems the Wild have some more depth than I thought and it should be a good series of closely matched teams. I thought that from the start.

  7. pwshrugged - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Hugely demoralizing loss for the Wild. They were in complete control in the 2nd and for parts of the 3rd – there was no panic when they gave up the third goal. But ouch. Hard to lose a Game 1 in such fashion, especially as a relative newcomer to the playoff scene. They put on a heck of a game, though.

  8. joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Great game! The Avs are for real. Roy has them running on all cylinders, and demonstrated complete confidence in his team by pulling the goalie with 3:01 left in the 3rd period. I’m sure they boys were high fiving Roy after the game. Great time to be an Avs fan. Go Avs!

    • spiciercheez - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      I can’t believe you didn’t mention E Johnson punching Parise’s head!! I figured you’d get off the Avs bandwagon since that could cause a concussion!!!!!!!!

      • joey4id - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        LOL! Is that all you’ve got. How about a hockey argument? Like how the Wild need to play to beat the Avs. BTW, I don’t get on any bandwagons. I don’t pick a team a follow them like a sheep. I watch hockey for the pure entertainment and appreciation for great play, and coaching.

      • spiciercheez - Apr 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Meh, I didn’t mean a “bandwagon fan”, that was poorly worded by me. Hockey is neat, carry on!

      • slickvb82 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Joey4id – you sound like someone who enjoys to *watch games but never actually *played the game. Your comments come across as very fan biased. “Roy has them running on all cylinders”….are you serious? They played like crap and even Roy knows it, now that should worry the Wild cause even when outplayed they still found a way to win.

      • wayoffpiste - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        I agree with slickvb82. This is typical with Avs fans and has been since you guys were lucky enough to land a moving franchise. You lack hockey knowledge because you don’t have a hockey culture in Denver nor the rest of the state. You want proof? Listen during Avs games and you will hear them cheer when their team hits someone but as soon as the other team gets a big hit on one of their Avs, fans are calling for penalties. Always. You need to understand hockey and that big hits, and accidental falls, trips, etc. are PART OF THE GAME. Generally speaking, this stuff balances out through the game. If you want every bump called on your team, go follow bouncy-ball.

  9. 950003cups - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    So far Zilch PaZero is on his usual playoff tear.

    • kopy - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM


    • mattypbillsmafia - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Parise might be the most over-rated player in the game.

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        so thats why he looked like maybe the best player on the ice last night?

        outhustling everyone all over the ice, you bitter devils fan you.

  10. phuzzyd - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    With the Wild up late,
    the Av’s came to skate,
    and bore down hard in the third

    History showed the portend,
    but Minny sat in their end,
    and ended up laying a turd

    A two goal lead
    was too little indeed
    and the Av’s had the final word.

  11. dolphincult - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Enjoying watching the Avs forwards but their defensive play is awful other than Tyson Barrie and Johnson who are both more offensive than defensive. Havent seen much of the Wild this season but they are definitely better than advertised……..other than bryzgalov. In fact it shows how good their defensive system is if they can get away with that bum in goal.

    • spoon9z - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      EJ was his typical self, as he had some huge great plays, but was also on the bad end of two goals…one where he sat in no man’s land with Staz and watched, another where he and Hejda went to the same guy leaving the net wide open.

  12. mogogo1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Heckuva game. Doesn’t get any more entertaining than that. And for a first-year coach and a young team, remarkable the Avs didn’t quit.

  13. vstar1us - Apr 18, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    As a Wild fan, I enjoyed the game it was great to see a good finish! Even thou my team lost, I have no regrets staying up and watching it. The Aves deserved to win, they did not quit playing in the 3rd period like the Wild did. I am a season ticket holder in section 219, row 7 and will be there Monday night no matter what!
    Go Hockey Go………

  14. petermanpeter - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    It’s the playoffs, suck it up. Wild almost won it with Pominville, and I bet you wouldn’t have heard a peep about the Johnson thing in that case. Here, have some cheese to go with that whine and I’ll play the world’s tiniest violin in the background.

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