Wild thumped 5-2 by Blackhawks in Game 2

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 4, 2013 - 5:54 AM

view larger photos

  

– Like a broken record during two off days leading into Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, the Wild repeated the same line over and over and over: “We just have to be a little better in some areas.”

Well, if the Wild has any hope of getting back into the series now, the team will have to be a lot better in many areas.

In a classic 1 vs. 8 series in which the Chicago Blackhawks have the decided edge in every facet, they took it to the Wild in every facet of a 5-2 pounding Friday night at the United Center.

“We weren’t prepared. We turned pucks over, we weren’t crisp, we weren’t making our passes,” said Devin Setoguchi, who pulled the Wild within one late in the second period. “They came at us hard, and that’s what the best team in the league does.

“They can score goals, and we were on our heels for most of the game.”

Michael Frolik and Patrick Sharp scored two goals each, Bryan Bickell added an empty-netter and Corey Crawford made 26 saves as the Blackhawks took a 2-0 stranglehold on the series.

The Wild’s top line was not only shut out for the second game in a row, Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise each were minus-3. Koivu, in particular, had a terrible game. He took three penalties, had two shots and turned the puck over before a shorthanded goal that gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.

“I am going to have a tough time sitting up here saying that we’re real happy with anyone,” coach Mike Yeo said when asked about Koivu’s play. “This is a team effort tonight, and unfortunately it wasn’t a very good one.”

For the Wild to win this series now, it must somehow beat the No. 1 team in the NHL during the regular season — a team that lost seven times in regulation all year — four times in the next five games.

Teams that go up 2-0 in a best-of-seven series have gone on to win the series 86.7 percent (280-43) of the time in NHL history. The Blackhawks are 19-2 when up 2-0 all-time. Game 3 — the first Stanley Cup playoff game in St. Paul in five years — will be Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.

“I don’t think we were close to playing our typical game,” Setoguchi said. “Everyone’s got to do it. It can’t just be a couple guys. We left [Josh Harding] out there to dry tonight.”

The Wild gave up 48 shots — the most it has ever allowed in a playoff game. Worse yet, it again was in and out of the offensive zone like a pingpong ball most of the night.

“Two games in a row, it feels like maybe our longest shift in their end is like 10, 20 seconds,” center Kyle Brodziak said. “It’s not good enough. We need to get more of a buzz going in their end.”

The first period was so one-sided, it was like the Wild was clinging to a 1-0 deficit. Basically, it felt like 5-0. The Blackhawks reeled off a 17-7 opening-period shot lead.

If not for Harding, who stopped 43 shots while making his second consecutive start for the injured Niklas Backstrom, the Wild would have been out of the game by the 10-minute mark.

Still, the Wild had to feel lucky it only trailed 1-0 heading into the second. The Wild had a solid start, getting a Koivu point-blank chance 19 seconds in. It was the first quality chance by the top line in the game, but Crawford made the save.

Fifteen seconds later, Jonathan Toews high-sticked Charlie Coyle for a Wild power play. The Wild hadn’t given up a shorthanded goal all regular season, but after Koivu’s sloppy center-ice turnover, Duncan Keith’s shot deflected off Jared Spurgeon and right to Frolik for the shortie.

The power play continued, but Koivu compounded his original mistake by taking a shot that was blocked and cleared. It essentially ruined the rest of the power play. It was not one of Koivu’s finer few minutes.

The Wild generated 15 shots in the period — six on one power play that Crawford robbed Parise on twice. The Wild eventually cut it to 2-1 when Cullen feathered a pass to Setoguchi for a partial break and he sniped his 15th career playoff goal over Crawford’s glove.

But with the Wild back in the game, Sharp scored 3:44 into the third, and as Brodziak said, “they took it to us in the third.”

“We weren’t playing with the pace that we needed to play,” Yeo said. “A large number of the things that we were doing helped them build the speed into their game. They were better tonight from Game 1 and we were worse.”













 

  • related content

  • Postgame: Wild outplayed from start to finish

    Saturday May 4, 2013

    The Wild lost 5-2 and returned to Minnesota down 2-0 in the best-of-seven quarterfinals

  • Souhan: Where is Koivu when Wild needs him?

    Saturday May 4, 2013

    Perhaps Mikko Koivu is playing hurt. Wild fans can only hope that's the problem.

  • Photo gallery: Blackhawks 5, Wild 2

    Friday May 3, 2013

    NHL playoff action from Chicago, Friday, May 03.

  • Game 2 recap: Chicago over Wild

    Saturday May 4, 2013

    game 2 recapThree Stars1. Michael Frolik, Blackhawks: Not your typical fourth-liner, the skilled forward scored twice — once shorthanded.2. Patrick...

  • Wild notes: Backstrom perseveres through disappointment

    Saturday May 4, 2013

    Backstrom's injury is undisclosed, as is his timetable. The fact he is on the ice again so soon would seem to be a good sign.

  • Frolik prolific for Blackhawks in playoffs

    Saturday May 4, 2013

    The forward scored only three goals in the regular season but scored two Friday night.

  • Souhan blog: Harding makes 43 saves...and loses

    Friday May 3, 2013

    Wild overwhelmed in Game 2

  • The Wild’s Devin Setoguchi, left, battled for the puck with Chicago’s Michal Handzus during the first period Friday in Chicago.

  • Wild goalie Josh Harding, in his second playoff start in a row, battled valiantly Friday against a 48-shot attack by the Blackhawks.

  • Jonathan Toews (19) took a whack at the puck as Wild defenseman Torrey Mitchell tried to hold his ground in a Chicago surge in front of goalie Josh Harding.

  • A glance at the scoreboard in the first period Friday didn’t leave Wild coach Mike Yeo Wild overly concerned. But later, his team pressured hard but failed to score, and Chicago pulled away.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 3
Texas - WP: C. Lewis 12 FINAL
Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez 4
Washington 0 Delayed
Philadelphia 0
Tampa Bay 2 Top 2nd Inning
Baltimore 0
Boston 0 Top 3rd Inning
Toronto 1
NY Yankees 0 Top 2nd Inning
Detroit 0
Atlanta 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
NY Mets 0
Chicago Cubs 2 Bottom 2nd Inning
Cincinnati 0
Cleveland - C. Kluber 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi
Minnesota - P. Hughes 7:10 PM
Kansas City - L. Hendriks
Oakland - D. Pomeranz 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Peacock
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 8:10 PM
San Diego - O. Despaigne
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw 8:40 PM
Arizona - W. Miley
Miami - H. Alvarez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - H. Santiago
Colorado - F. Morales 9:15 PM
San Francisco - T. Hudson
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:02 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
D.C. 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which local pro team are you most excited about?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close