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Wild coach: ‘We’re a play or two away’

May 4, 2014, 7:41 PM EDT

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If you just look at the scores of Game 1 and 2, it looks like the Chicago Blackhawks have been blowing the Minnesota Wild out. Late goals still count, but it’s worth mentioning that Minnesota was close for chunks of both of those contests.

Wild head coach Mike Yeo certainly seem to back up the notion that the gap between the Blackhawks and Wild hasn’t been as large as the cumulative 9-3 score and 2-0 series lead for Chicago might indicate.

“We weren’t that far off, that game was hanging there for us,” Yeo said. ” … One of these games we need to find a way to grab a lead and play with it.”

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville maintained that there are “no easy series” and pointed out how loud it’s likely to be in Minnesota as the series switches locales in Games 3 and 4.

If the Wild really want a bright side to look on, perhaps they should ponder how much rosier things could be if the likes of Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter can start scoring points against the Blackhawks. That’s been easier said than done in 2014 (not to mention in losing in five games in a 2013 playoff series), however:

One way or another, the Wild need to break through. Yeo seems optimistic about the chances of that happening, at least.

  1. hosewater2 - May 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Mike you’re going to be a play or two away in the next couple games too, then it’s all golf after that.

    • lindenfrank123 - May 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      and you’re basing this on what? Hawks were an average road team…if fact only one victory in Saint Louis….Wild have beaten them at home…so they can do it…man just can’t believe how COCKY the Hawks and their fans are…haven’t won anything yet..

  2. yetidad - May 4, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    The curse of no good solution at goal tender. Plus a lack of puck luck for the alleged big scorers. At least we are trying. Games 3 and 4 will be better. Go Wild!

    • lindenfrank123 - May 5, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      that all hangs on Fletcher for one signing Backstrom long term even though he was coming off an injury and knowing Josh Harding was done/sorry folks it was a good story but he’s gonna take disability and be done…not playing again…Keumper is there future..

  3. blackhawksdynasty - May 4, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Maybe he meant to say “a playER or two away”

    Game 1 was much closer than game 2

    Chicago picks up the pace and the dominance when they need to….these teams are in 2 different leagues

    Maybe the hawks will spot ‘em a game at home just to make it interesting, but I’ll bring my broom to Minny anyway….

    • slickvb82 - May 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Arrogant Hawks fan…too bad for the organization there are fans like you. Similar to the Avs, if you didn’t suck for years you wouldn’t have such a good team now. But you’re probably too young to realize that.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 4, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        ^ says the Wild scumbag fan who defends Cooke injuring other players.

        What a delusional hypocrite pos you are.

        Can’t wait til your scrub club is gone and maybe next year you can come back with some basic human decency.

      • comeonnowguys - May 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        It’s funny, because your comment is dripping with (among other thing) arrogance and condescension.

        Sucking for years got the Hawks Kane and Toews. Building the team came from Tallon. Reloading after Tallon’s paperwork incident and then maintaining the team came from Stan Bowman.

        But if the fact that the Hawks and the Avs used to suck keeps you warm at night, far be it for me to deny one something that makes them happy.

      • strictlythedanks - May 5, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        Bloodcravers the only scumbag in here, actually.

      • strictlythedanks - May 5, 2014 at 1:52 AM

        Speaking of human decency, bloodcraver, your the “fan” whose entire life revolves around the Wild losing. Bitterness just envelopes you, and you’ll speak when you’re spoken too, jabroni.

    • lindenfrank123 - May 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      that all hangs on Fletcher for one signing Backstrom long term even though he was coming off an injury and knowing Josh Harding was done/sorry folks it was a good story but he’s gonna take disability and be done…not playing again…Keumper is there future..

    • lindenfrank123 - May 5, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      2 different leagues? what an ahole….they outplayed 3 out 5 during the regular season you aXX….what LEAGUE where the HAWKS IN THEN? IDIOT

  4. constantrevolution1 - May 4, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    That “play or two” would have to involve catastrophic injuries for Toews, Kane, Hossa, Keith, and Crawford. So, yeah, I guess they could be a play or two away.

    • lindenfrank123 - May 5, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      yeah you’re proof constantrevolution1 of the arrogance of Hawk fans…Chicago slays me…you’ve won how many cups in your how many year history? just like Bulls fans they love being arrogant and rubbing it into the opponent’s noses and their fans noses…I lived in Zion for about 3 years and grew to hate all teams Chicago save for the Cubs

  5. dontbsuchapuss - May 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    And only two games from vacation so either way your season is over

    • lindenfrank123 - May 5, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      you don’t know that…anymore than I do…hope you eat a lot of crow come friday night

  6. comeonnowguys - May 4, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    He was also a play or two away from losing 7-2 and 6-1. What’s his point?

  7. dontbsuchapuss - May 4, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    It’s not arrogant it’s confident the hawks have the skill and coaching to put the wild down this series. But stranger things have happened the Avs were a solid team that should have went deep in the playoffs.

    • lindenfrank123 - May 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      yes it is ARROGANCE because one…you don’t play the game and two….they aren’t as good as last year..and three…been relatively injury free for almost two full seasons…it”s gonna catch up

  8. muckleflugga - May 4, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    slickvb82

    i don’t know, i have had lots of stick with hawks fans in here, and they give and take with the best … arrogance from winners is tolerable, and it’s all part of the crack … c’est la vie say the old folks

    arrogance from losers or from those shamelessly promoted by slobbering media man-love –pierre mcguire or all of cbc toward sidney comes to mind– is insufferable

    you wanna bark with the big dogs, win something … cups five years removed don’t rate

    no cups don’t rate at all

    • lindenfrank123 - May 5, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      it’s never tolerable when that team is running illegal interference behind the play and puck and getting away with it…it’s a penalty for anyone no matter the team…so why give this team with all that talent those breaks? why? call it and have the guts to call it…I think the NHL WANTS the Hawks to win it all and they will do EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO ASSURE THAT…prove me wrong

  9. itsasquirrel - May 5, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    This works both ways, coach. The Hawks were ‘this close’ to three or four more goals.

    Not taking anything away from the Wild. They’ve put up a hell of a fight. And of course he has to say what he said. But as close as the Wild have been the Hawks have been just as close (at least in game 2) of blowing them out. But, hey, that’s hockey.

    • strictlythedanks - May 5, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Thats true, although this series could easily be 1-1 based on numbers aside from goals ( I know they don’t matter). The hawks just know how to finish on their chances, they have definitely earned their 2 wins, but if the wild ever figure out the whole finishing on chances aspect of the game they could just win this series.

    • lindenfrank123 - May 5, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      no they weren’t idiot…if you were WATCHING THE GAME..you would have noticed the goals were scored on rushes…not a lot of passing and cycling…yeh guess you weren’t though….Wild had more chances in the third period moron

  10. endusersolutions2013 - May 5, 2014 at 4:19 AM

    The Wild really have improved over last year. They play solid D and are good at limiting opponents SOGs.

    The two biggest challenges are insufficient scoring depth, and a significan disadvantage in goal. With a health Josh Harding, I could see them pulling off an upset win or 2.

    With Bryz? AND Corey C playing very well (.936 save % in the playoffs) I don’t see the Wild winning > 1. Wild are going to have to take a hard look at their going forward goalie stratedgy.

  11. dontsayweunlessyouareplaying - May 5, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I think he is right, the Wild are a play or two away but as said before that can go for either team. I am a Hawks fan (not a bandwagonner either) and I really dislike the “we got this wrapped up” talk. If I recall, the Blues fans were doing this with a 2 game lead just a few weeks ago. How did that end up? I attended game 5 with my son, the fans looked like they just got kicked in the nuts after that game was over and now a good majority are talking about blowing the team up and starting over. I will wait until the 4th win of the series to decide if the series is over or not. The Hawks are a very talented team but they are making a ton of dumb mistakes recently. I can’t even count how many times they cannot clear the puck out of the zone or try to make too many fancy passes and wind up turning the puck over. Crawford has been very good but still allows an easy goal go every once in a while. This is the playoffs and all of these teams are here for a reason, I for one will not count on an “easy” victory at any time. Warning….homer time. Hossa is a monster, I think he is the Blackhawks MVP of the playoffs so far. Dude is playing strong offense and defense. I will now step off my soap box. GO HAWKS!!!

  12. ghostof34 - May 5, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    The Wild are a goaltender away from seriously competing. Bryzgalov has played well, however, his playoff save percentage is what 81-82%…roughly estimated that’s two goals every 18 shots…the hawks had 3 goals in 16 shots Friday night. 4 goals on 18 shots Sunday. Clearly not an exact science but, put pucks on net against Ilya, and 18% of them are consistently…from last series continuing into this one…are going in. Scary part is the Hawks haven’t put a complete game together, credit the Wild for that. They’re good, but this isn’t their year. That is not arrogance, that is simply watching them play the Hawks. Hawks are too deep for them. I mean Sharp hasn’t done anything yet in the playoffs, and he led the team in goals. Bickell has his head out of his rectum, Hossa is an incredible two way player, Toews as well, Kane is on his game, any contributions from anyone else only makes things harder for opponents. They roll 4 lines deep, and kill penalties so far better than anyone else in the playoffs. Not saying that they cannot be beat, but it’s tough in a seven game series for anyone.

  13. vstar1us - May 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    I don’t know if I am that drunk to agree with the coach! However, I am happy my team advanced to the 2nd round.
    Go Wild, we be at the game Tues night……..,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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