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Continued: Yeo puts Wild through extra-long practice after ugly loss

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 21, 2013 - 12:56 AM

Starting slowly

Thursday, Backstrom served up a terrible goal to start the game 49 seconds in. The Wild said it needs to be mentally stronger and not allow such a deflating goal to ruin the rest of the game.

“It makes it difficult when you don’t have confidence to score goals and you fall behind,” said center Kyle Brodziak, who hasn’t scored in 25 consecutive games. “If we were able to score three or four goals every game, then you’re down one goal, you’re not worried about it as much.”

The Wild, 6-9-3 on the road with three regulation wins, has allowed the first goal in 10 consecutive road games.

“You can tell that there’s been a letdown every game that we’ve given up the first goal,” Yeo said. “On the road, it just keeps happening over and over and over again. So we’ve got to do something to stop it. If the puck goes in the net, it doesn’t mean the game is over. You have to keep fighting and have to find a way to claw back into the game.”

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