Wild can't overcome poor start; Chicago's win streak continues

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 6, 2013 - 12:33 AM

A third-period surge by Minnesota wasn’t enough to overcome a four-goal first period by the Blackhawks, who still haven’t lost in regulation.

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hockey9592Mar. 5, 1310:20 PM

Mighty impressive team the Hawks have. They are a great skating team and it really showed tonight. I hope the Wild can get to that superior level at some point in the near future. My only complaint tonight is the Wild was out of it by the end of the 1st period. Nice effort in the 3rd but you can’t go down 4-1 to a team like the Hawks.

sidhartmannMar. 5, 1310:33 PM

Did anyone else notice all the interference by Chicago? The Wild need to implement this if the refs are not going to call it.

lindy_frank123Mar. 5, 1310:33 PM

You have to be ready to play on the road and this is getting to be a very bad habit. Being out shot that bad in the first was too big of a hole. Hockey is tougher to come back when down by three. They are scoring more and that's encouraging.

gumpworsleyMar. 5, 1310:35 PM

i thought i was watching the timberwolves in that first period. this was somewhat of a statement game for the wild but, unfortunately, backstrom took the night off along with the defense. the guy who is the most frustrating to watch is bouchard who is playing himself off this team. he looks sluggish and has no shot. blackhawks showed they are the class of the league.

northsportsMar. 5, 1310:37 PM

The Hawks took advantage of the Wild's poor F1 angles/lanes that Yeo has been trying to get his team to fix for awhile. The Hawks were able to go D to D to D because of this and were coming out and regrouping like a hot knife through butter. It did not help that both Backstrom and Koivu had the Finnish Flu in the first period also. Bacs was flopping and going down while the Hawks were going up and Koivu couldn't hang onto the puck in the first period. After the Wild adjusted their F1 angles/lane the game evened out a bit and the Wild actually made a decent comeback. Hopefully the Wild learned their lesson about taking away the return pass to the D tonight as other teams will see how easy it was for the Hawks to take advantage of the Wild's poor F1 play and the Wild is going to see a steady diet of it if they do not keep their first forward squared away. If your going to live and die by the 1-2-2 you have to get good F1 play and the Wild has been getting away with some poor play in that area. Tonight the Hawks ripped them apart in the first period by exposing it. Lesson learned, I hope ???

bhappyMar. 5, 1310:44 PM

What a soft team. Not a single hit the entire game. You have to play physical on the road. Suter, while terrific with the puck, is a total liability in front of his own net. He is a great playmaker and is awesome getting the puck into the offensive zone. This is a disturbing trend. Way too many goals with him standing to the side of his own net this season. Anyone watch Granlund trying to defend on the 4th goal? Pathetic. Brodin has been awesome, but looked slow tonight. Perhaps 25 minutes a night is too much for a rookie. Lots of potential, but they still need a few more players to round out this team. Competitive this year, but really a year or two away.

klayton6Mar. 5, 1310:52 PM

Bouchard needs to go. He looks lost on the ice. He doesn't set up his teamates like he used to but refuses to shoot the puck. Get a bag of pucks for him and bring up Larson who will make a difference. Backstrom was terrible when they needed him big in the first period. Huge rebound goals. Didn't move side to side on one goal. Flopping around on another.

MKIAhockey130johnMar. 5, 1310:58 PM

Your not seeing the picture people, I don't know if its worth me even posting anymore. OK, I can't help myself, the article acts like the Wild actually had a chance, the Blackhawks mellowed out on them because you don't want to wake up the Wild the next time you play them, just let them stay in their sleep pattern. If the Hawks wanted to score 7 they would have scored 7. Its a regular season game they just chilled out, the Wild scored, got it close and seconds later they got a goal, not hard and the Wild were no threat. The question is how long until somebody at this paper lets Uncle Leo have it right in the kisser, for cripes sake ! When you spend the money that he has for talent you would think he would care about the on ice performance. Lets break it down simple, is the Wild overachievers or underachievers based on their league high payroll..... you answer lindylittlejoefrank overachievers or underachievers..... Are you satisfied with the answer Uncle Leo ?

milesmikeMar. 5, 1310:59 PM

I swear if you gave Pierre Marc a penalty shot right now he would stop and look to make a pass...no confidence at all. The injuries have taken their toll and its tough to watch.

Douglind33Mar. 5, 1311:04 PM

No forecheck until the third period. Most of the play was in the Ws end, and when they were able to dump it down the ice, only one forward was there to try and pin it in the Hackhawk's zone.


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