Minnesota Wild's desperation gives way to devastation

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 3, 2011 - 7:23 AM

The Wild's playoff hopes took a big hit with a blowout loss to the Islanders.

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twagner89Mar. 2, 11 8:41 PM

That was just poor effort from the Wild tonight. Frankly, it was embarrassing. Played sloppy in their own zone and got burned. They need to win the next couple games in a row or the season could slip away.

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btaleenMar. 2, 11 8:51 PM

If we luck out and get into playoffs, does anyone realistically think we can go anywhere? Just not enough talent pure and simple.

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macwildfanMar. 2, 11 8:52 PM

This team has been practically unbearable to watch over the last two games. The Wild were just plain sloppy. You can't win games turning the puck over at such a high rate in your own zone and the neutral zone. Not to mention, when you don't actually start playing the game until the third period it's going to be quite the challenge to win games.

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bhrnew1lMar. 2, 11 9:14 PM

Mister Know it all says: If you have read my posters you know that I said that Backstrom should start against the Rangers and not against the Islanders. Why you ask ? Backstrom was not in his zone against Chicago and I have seen that before.He needs to play against the better team and that is the Rangers obviously, he has a better chance of bearing down in that game and finding that edge he had. The coach should give the back up the weaker team ESPECIALLY when Backstrom is temporarily out of his zone as seen in the Hawks game.... He will get back in the zone faster if the coach shows confidence in him and plays him against the Rangers (The staff used weak rational for the reasons they started Backstrom)...... Now Richards is stuck and may have a problem he did not have before this game with Backstroms confidence being in the toilet and probably pissed a bit at the coaches.... He probably needs to start Backstrom against the Rangers

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webspectre02Mar. 2, 11 9:21 PM

so much for the playoff run

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mountingmanMar. 2, 11 9:45 PM

That was an embarrassment to the State of Hockey! The way the wild have played in front of Backstrom in the last two games, he should not want to be in goal. Someone tell me WHY is Stoner even on the ice, he plays like his name. He DOES NOT know how to play in front of his goalie. In the Chicago game he totally miss played a one on two. He should have left the shooter and taken the pass away, he didn't. Tonight on the penalty kill, he fell asleep to the week side. Poor Backstrom, everything that went right in the last two months has gone wrong in the last two games. Is it to late to make some trades......ugh it's U-G-L-Y!

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kellyesqueMar. 2, 1110:06 PM

Did I miss something here? Where was team unity? Were they once again standing around looking at the energy and talent of the NYI's. They must think that they can turn the light switch on at any time being that their chemistry is geared that way. THE NEW YORK EFFENHEIMER ISLANDERS!!! This team team is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MarinershckyMar. 2, 1110:21 PM

I guess we can begin to comprehend why Koivu deserved the contract he received over the summer... This team has been awful without him

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njc264Mar. 2, 1110:35 PM

Well then. Sure glad we didnt trade for anyone the other day to help out our postseason chances or anything. If we were going to go right in the tank, at least the UFA's couldve told Fletch so he couldve gotten something for them.

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wildfan60Mar. 2, 1110:44 PM

One word to sum up the Wild's effort tonight. Pathetic. They looked overmatched in every facet of the game after dominating play the first 3 minutes. It always seems like when the Wild are in the playoff race and our GM doesn't make any moves to improve our team, they go into a tailspin for a couple of games and then come back. Hopefully that is what they are going through right now, but in the past Koivu wasn't hurt, so things aren't looking very promising right now. Ughh, dissapointing to say the least.

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