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Continued: Scoggins: Give the Avs three inches, and they'll take a milestone win

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 19, 2014 - 8:19 AM

And now? The Avs feel fortunate, buoyed. They didn’t play their best and still won.

“I just made a play that helped us win the game, just like a lot of other guys did,” Johnson said. “That play might stick out, but that’s not the only reason we were able to win.”

Actually, it is. The game is over without it, and that might have taken this series in an entirely different direction.

Instead, the Wild now has to regroup emotionally, forget about its missed opportunity and not allow those negative thoughts to seep into Game 2.

See what those three inches did?

“I think it would be a lot worse if we were dominated in the game or if we felt like we were badly outplayed,” Yeo said. “It’s frustrating that we let a game get away from us. But if we had won that game, there’s no guarantees, either.”

That’s true. This series still could take some strange twists and turns before it’s over.

If the Wild shakes off what happened and wins Saturday, the damage won’t look nearly as severe. The Wild did some nice things in Game 1 and controlled the play at different points.

It wasn’t enough, though. The Wild had its chance and blew it, undone by a hustle play. And three inches that changed everything.

 

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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