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Continued: Wild notes: Yeo wants Granlund, Brodin to protect themselves better

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 20, 2014 - 12:24 AM

Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher met with recently retired referee Don Van Massenhoven, the series’ supervisor of officials, on Saturday morning regarding a number of concerns the Wild had with the officiating in Game 1.

Most notably, the Wild felt the Avs, the faster, more-skilled team, tried to draw matching minors so they could get 4-on-4 situations. The Avs drew two, scoring on one.

“I think it’s a tactic that they’re trying to deploy,” Yeo said. “No question, when they’re down, of course they want to play 4-on-4 and open up a little bit more ice. We want to play hard between the whistles. Hopefully the people that are calling the game are aware of that and judging it the right way.

“We’re going to keep playing in-your-face hockey and as this goes on, we have to make sure we keep getting harder. We want to do it between the whistles. If they cross-check us, we don’t have to do anything back. We can look them in the eye and hopefully there comes a point where we can start getting on the power play.”

While Roy didn’t acknowledge a tactic of drawing 4-on-4s, he admitted, “We certainly don’t mind the 4-on-4, that’s for sure.” But he added: “We try to get away from the scrums. It’s not a good thing for the game of hockey. I know it’s good for players to show that they’re in the game. But we’d rather focus on playing a hard game and finishing checks.”

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• Roy said he would be “very, very surprised” if first-line center Matt Duchene plays in this series. Duchene, who suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain, hasn’t started skating yet. Similarly, third-line center John Mitchell is day-to-day because of a concussion, but Roy says he hasn’t even begun riding an exercise bike.

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