After a two-day break that even Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said felt like a long time, the Wild went right back to work today at Xcel Energy Center.
In the words of Charlie Coyle, “we’ve been here before.” And it wasn’t that long ago.
It was a common phrase yesterday, and it was muttered time and again today — facing elimination in Game 6, the Wild has its back against the wall.
Tomorrow night, Minnesota will once again host Colorado in the Playoffs, but there’s an added twist: it’s the first elimination game of the series.
You only need to glance at their faces to know that Playoff season is over a week old.
Some players are sporting magnificent beards. Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine look like they’ve soaked in all the vitamin manliness possible with full, thriving chin-whiskers. Others are trying their best. With wisps of faint hairs or scraggly patches here or there — it’s playoff beard season.
As Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo put it, it’s felt like a week since Game 3.
It’s only been two days, but it’s the first time this series the Wild has had a two-day break between games. Not only that, everyone has to patiently play the waiting game for tonight’s puck drop at 8:30 p.m.
Last night, the Wild topped the Avs in Game 3 in dominating fashion. Minnesota outshot, outhit and simply outplayed Colorado. The only thing missing was a few more tallies on the scoreboard in the Wild’s favor.
Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo started off his Easter Sunday press conference confirming that the Wild would indeed be starting a goaltender tomorrow.
As Nino Niederreiter and Mikko Koivu battled hard in the corner with the puck along the boards, a lady next to me muttered in a thick Minnesotan accent worthy of a role in “Fargo,” “Oh, they’re getting rough.”
It may be a struggle to think about hockey on such a beautiful day—with the sun blazing, kissing your skin and bringing some life to those winter-weary bones—but alas, it’s game day.