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Continued: Wild game at Phoenix moves needle to "must win”

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 28, 2014 - 10:22 PM

But the Wild’s problems go beyond Heatley. They go beyond goaltending, a lifeless power play, a disastrous penalty kill and an anemic offense.

Right now, the big concern? Players admit negativity over their recent play has infiltrated their heads. They’re suddenly not confident, unsure. It’s going to take mental toughness to overcome another late-season implosion, especially with this road trip continuing to Los Angeles and Chicago and home games coming up against powerhouses Pittsburgh, Boston and St. Louis.

“It’s hard,” Suter confessed. “You can’t get down because the minute you start feeling sorry for yourself, you’re losing another game. So you have to try to stop the bleeding and just get to focus on the little things. The harder you work, the more breaks you get. We have to work harder.”

Yeo knows the importance of Saturday’s game, and not just in the standings, “but also for us to get our game going here, to get some wins, to get feeling good about ourselves.

“[The Coyotes are] feeling really good about themselves and playing a really good game. I hope we look forward to this challenge. I always believe that competitors find a way to be at their best in those moments.”

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  • Defensemen Ryan Suter, left, and Jared Spurgeon were pretty well spent after a night on which the Blues’ T.J. Oshie (74) burned the Wild for a hat trick in a 5-1 victory. Olympic hero Oshie also capitalized on a Wild special-teams lapse by scoring a a shorthanded goal.

  • Emblematic of how it’s been going for the Wild: Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen cleared Zach Parise away from the goal on Wednesday.

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