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Continued: Scoggins: Wild is forced to restart its goalie-go-round

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 20, 2014 - 12:30 AM

Bryzgalov actually provided a nice moment in the first period Saturday. The scenario: Shot from the side, rebound out front, Game 1 hero Paul Stastny staring right at him with the puck from point-blank range.

Bryzgalov dived to his left for a sprawling glove save to snuff out the scoring chance. He just didn’t make enough of those momentum-changing saves.

Yeo lifted Bryzgalov after Gabriel Landeskog scored back-to-back goals in the second period to give Colorado a 3-1 lead.

A goalie change offers no guarantees, though Kuemper showed no signs of rust in making 14 saves.

“He looked great,” Yeo said. “I didn’t know what to expect, to be honest.”

The Wild has seen goalies come and go all season, so another change hardly feels like a disruption. That’s just sort of standard procedure for this team.

“I was back in the lineup because if they needed me I was ready to go,” Kuemper said.

He got his turn sooner than expected. That wasn’t the plan, but the Wild ultimately had no choice.

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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