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Wild coach Yeo: ‘It didn’t have the feel of a game we were going to win’

May 3, 2014, 1:04 AM EDT

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A brief third-period comeback for the Minnesota Wild didn’t leave head coach Mike Yeo satisfied with his team’s performance in Game 1 of their series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wild manufactured a pair of goals in the third period to tie the game at two goals apiece, before Patrick Kane took over the game and helped the Blackhawks to a 5-2 win, and a 1-0 series lead on Friday. The Wild had the run of the play through the final two periods, outshooting Chicago 24-9 in that span.

But with the game tied, Kane went to work with some sheer brilliance, a beautiful backhand goal that turned out to be the winner. The Wild couldn’t regroup again, even if comebacks have been commonplace in these playoffs.

“It didn’t have the feel of a game we were going to win,” said Yeo, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.  “I thought we had a handful of guys that were below average at best,” the coach added.

  1. canucks30 - May 3, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Neither does the series

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 3, 2014 at 1:10 AM

      There is truth to your ZING, sir.

    • canucks30 - May 3, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      Nothing against the Wild. They are certainly a team trending in the right direction but their just isn’t enough there right now to beat the Blackhawks 4 times in 6 games.

      • canucks30 - May 3, 2014 at 1:56 AM

        Oops. I mixed up there and their.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 3, 2014 at 3:31 AM

        I expect them to go the full distance on this one. 7 game series, for sure. Anyone’s game…

      • endusersolutions2013 - May 3, 2014 at 4:54 AM

        Wild have improved and showed it vs. #1 Central Aves. They unlikely to score enough to beat the Hawks, especially with Bryz in goal. Wild with a healthy Josh could be tough.

  2. r8rbhawk - May 3, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Honestly, even when the Wild tied the game in the third I was not worried. I agree with Coach Yeo, this did not seem like a game the Wild would win.

  3. salutethis - May 3, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Careful hawks fans, Matt cook is coming back, soon! Hide your star players!! The Wild win by injury!!!

    • 950003cups - May 3, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      I’m overly disgusted that the NHL does nothing while we all have to watch our stars get cheap shotted by this useless bum. Why can’t he just rip his knee or something? Perhaps an “accidental bump” in which his Achilles is severed? The NBA banned an 80 year old man for something he said whole the NHL does nothing to Cooke for physical harm.

  4. 950003cups - May 3, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    No Siht! Sherlock! That little feeling that gave you that “losing” scent is called Ilya Bryzgalov.

    Bryzgalov is the Santa Clause of 3rd periods in the playoffs.

    Ya could’ve had Marty! Just sayin’

    • canucks30 - May 3, 2014 at 2:39 AM

  5. blomfeld - May 3, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    YOU WILD ARE GONNA HELP US !

    The bottom line is that we LA Kings are ‘ordained’ by the man upstairs to take back ‘that’ which is ours … yes sir ! Therefore it would ‘behoove’ these Swedish hillbillies from Minnesota to lay down & play dead from here on in. We Kings ‘want & need’ the Blackhawks to emerge victorious from this series in-order for us to ‘have a go’ at them again in the WCF, where we’re gonna ‘make things right’ and all …

    1) Jonathan Quick (comrade)
    2) Martin Jones (comrade)
    3) Jonathan Bernier
    4) Ben Scrivens
    5) Cory Schneider

    745) Carole Burnett
    746) Alexander Ovechkin
    747) Corey Crawford

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    “Don’t ever let a Blackhawk see you car break down” …

    • r8rbhawk - May 3, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      Where’s Bobby Lu on you ranking list?

      • canucks30 - May 3, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      • blomfeld - May 3, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        1564) Inbee Park
        1565) D.A. Points
        1566) Roberto Loungo

    • canucks30 - May 3, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      • r8rbhawk - May 3, 2014 at 2:13 AM

        This is one of the funniest discussions PHT has had in a while, I really am LOLing over here. Thanks boys

      • blomfeld - May 3, 2014 at 2:29 AM

        back off Canucks30 … seriously

      • canucks30 - May 3, 2014 at 2:43 AM

        @blomfeld

        Or What?

      • comeonnowguys - May 3, 2014 at 7:36 AM

        You made him visibly mad!

        I think you are my hero for at least the next 6 hours.

    • 950003cups - May 3, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Nice to see Schneider is a top five. Move him two notches under Ovechkin until after he signs a new contract. Would ya do that for us?

      • blomfeld - May 3, 2014 at 1:52 AM

        8667) Phyllis Diller
        8668) Siegfried & Roy
        8669) 950003cups

      • canucks30 - May 3, 2014 at 2:05 AM

        10000) Richard Simmons
        10001) Elvis
        6999999999) blomfeld

      • 950003cups - May 3, 2014 at 2:13 AM

        much appreciated

      • r8rbhawk - May 3, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        See my reply above as it was intended to be here

      • 950003cups - May 3, 2014 at 2:15 AM

        I’m back in the top 10K? YEEEE HAWWW!! I beliebe my rank is 8670 since Sisfried and Roy are tied for 8668

      • canucks30 - May 3, 2014 at 2:27 AM

        @950003cups

        You may want to see what I left for you here:

        http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/03/patrick-kane-i-was-pretty-pumped-up-after-that-one/

        Before you thank me.

  6. dontbsuchapuss - May 3, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    The difference is when your injury causing multi repeat offender returns he can do his best but for every player he hurts there are multiple that have the talent to step in for them. That’s why depth is important instead of paying stupid money for two way over rated players.

  7. blackhawks2010 - May 3, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Bottom line is goaltending in the playoffs. Wild are at a disadvantage with Bryz between the pipes. Don’t see them as a serious contender without better goaltending.

    Hawks in 5

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