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GAMEDAY: Wild at Colorado Game 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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GAMEDAY: Wild at Colorado Game 2
Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado Avalanche
Minnesota Wild (No. 7 seed in Western Conference) vs. Colorado Avalanche (No. 2 seed in Western Conference) - Minnesota trails in the series 1-0
Bend, but don’t break. Down, but not out. Behind, but never finished.

Resiliency in the face of adversity is the story of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for any team wanting a chance to be the last one standing and lifting the Cup. Tonight, the Minnesota Wild gets its chance to bounce back in Game 2 and try to even the series of its first round against the Colorado Avalanche.

In Game 1, the Wild had a two-goal lead heading into the third period, but the Avs came from behind to even the game and send it into overtime. Charlie Coyle, Ryan Suter, Erik Haula and Kyle Brodziak scored for the Wild. Paul Stastny scored with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation to send it into overtime, and then popped home the winner in sudden death.

There will be only one minor shift in the lineup to start things off in Game 2. Minnesota will place Haula on the second line to start tonight’s contest. The 23-year-old finished on a beautiful rush in his first NHL playoff game, taking the puck wide with speed and sliding a backhander through Avs netminder Semyon Varlamov’s 5-hole. He’ll center Matt Cooke and Nino Niederreiter. Brodziak will take over the center spot on the fourth line between Cody McCormick and Stephane Veilluex.

The Wild won the special teams battle in Game 1, scoring a power play goal and killing all four of the Avs’ man advantages. Suter scored on a long wrist shot from the point that was redirected on the way in. Minnesota would like to keep Colorado’s PP (ranked T-fifth in the regular season at 19.8 percent) at bay in the series.

Minnesota looks to continue to put shots on Varlamov and crash the crease. The netminder was one of the League leaders in save percentage during the regular season, but was kicking out rebounds in Game 1. 
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Playing in his first Stanley Cup Playoff game, Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon made an immediate impact, dishing three assists and earning a plus-3 rating. The Wild will want to play physical against the speedy forward and not give him as much room to maneuver in Game 1. The Avs organization has placed a white pom-pom on every seat in hopes of an all-white arena. Do your due diligence and rock Iron Range Red or Forrest Green in the bleachers tonight.

The Wild will wear its WHITE sweaters tonight.
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Haula scored a goal Thursday and has at least a point in seven of his past eight games.

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Probably Wild Lineup Between The Pipes
There will be one change from Game 1:

And the blue line will stay the same:

Bryzgalov will be back in goal for Minnesota. The netminder made 26 saves in the Game 1 loss.
View From The Press Box
We have to have a mentality that every play is the difference in a hockey game, no question…But at the same time, you also have ‘the next play mentality’ or ‘the next shift.

-Yeo on the Wild’s playoff mentality

Scratches tonight will be: Jonathon Blum, Dany Heatley and Mike Rupp, who is serving his suspension. Defenseman Keith Ballard has a lower-body injury.

Forward Jason Zucker (surgery) and goaltender Josh Harding (illness) are on Injured Reserve. Niklas Backstrom is shutdown for the remainder of the season.
Honorary State of Hockey Resident Worthless Stat
D Erik Johnson hails from Bloomington. LW Patrick Bordeleau was selected by Minnesota in the fourth-round (114th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Wild played its 11th overtime playoff game in franchise history Thursday, moving to 5-6 in the extra session. Three of the Wild’s last six playoff games have gone to overtime, with Minnesota holding a 1-2 record in those contests.

Broadcast Info In Case You Missed It
Wild at Avalanche will be broadcast locally in high definition on FOX Sports North and nationally on NBC Sports Network with a start time at 8:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KFAN 100.3 FM or online at   
Live Chat Replay | True Grit | Depth At Forward Breeds Confidence | Playoffs Broadcast Schedule | Wild Has New Look vs. Avs | Goalie Quartet Helps Pave Way To Playoffs | X-Factor: Haula Needs To Provide Depth Up Front | Game 1 Five Takeaways at COL | Game 1 5-Hole at COL |
Wild Practice Recap - April 18 | Yeo - April 18 | Koivu - April 18 | Coyle - April 18 | Granlund - April 18 | Prosser - April 18 |
  Brodziak, Koivu, Haula, Scandella - April 18
Photo Gallery
Game 1: Wild at Colorado | A Season In Hugs
series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 17 '14 MIN 4 at COL 5 - OT P. Stastny
Apr 19 '14 MIN 2 at COL 4 G. Landeskog
Apr 21 '14 COL 0 at MIN 1 - OT M. Granlund
Apr 24 '14 COL 1 at MIN 2 C. Coyle
Apr 26 '14 MIN 3 at COL 4 - OT N. MacKinnon
Apr 28 '14 COL 2 at MIN 5 Z. Parise
Apr 30 '14 MIN 5 at COL 4 - OT N. Niederreiter
M. Koivu2033-1200
Z. Parise2033-2200
C. Coyle2202-2000
R. Suter2112-1210
M. Scandella2112-1000
E. Haula2101+1000
K. Brodziak2101-3200
M. Cooke2011-1200
N. Niederreiter2011-1200
J. Brodin2011-2000
S. Veilleux2000+1200
C. McCormick2000+11400
N. Prosser2000+1000
M. Moulson2000+0000
C. Stoner2000+0000
M. Granlund2000+0000
J. Pominville2000-2000
J. Spurgeon2000-3000
I. Bryzgalov20-28454.85.822
D. Kuemper10-00140.001.000
P. Stastny2347+2011
N. MacKinnon2167+5200
G. Landeskog2303+2001
R. O'Reilly2112+3000
J. McGinn2112+0000
T. Barrie2022+3000
N. Holden2011+2200
E. Johnson2011+0200
A. Benoit2000+2000
P. Parenteau2000+0000
M. Talbot2000+0000
N. Guenin2000+0000
C. McLeod2000+01200
M. Cliche2000+0200
J. Hejda2000-1600
P. Bordeleau2000-1000
P. Carey2000-1000
B. Malone2000-1000
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