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Tuesday (Wild showed something; now show more) edition: Wha' Happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Wild coaching Updated: April 22, 2014 - 9:42 AM

Let's start here: Monday's Wild game was frustrating, excruciating and then ultimately exhilarating. Right up until the point Mikael Granlund scored his OT beauty, it had the feel of a game that could slip away undeservingly at any moment. All it would take was one fluky bounce for the Wild -- who severely outplayed the Avs -- to bury themselves in a nearly insurmountable 3-0 hole.

Instead, of course, Granlund saved the day. When every other player was either getting unlucky, pressing too much or getting flat-out robbed by goalie Semyon Varlamov, Granlund stayed composed and made a falling down shot look about as easy as possible.

If there was a fear the Wild had already given up after going down 2-0 in the series, it was erased quickly Monday. If there was a doomsday tension building that the Wild would lose despite outplaying Colorado, that fear was quelled eventually.

So the Wild showed us something. They showed us plenty.

Now they must show more. Why?

Well, for a number of reasons, but foremost is this: at the end of the day, they are right back where they were a year ago -- at least results-wise.

A year ago, Minnesota lost Game 1 to Chicago in overtime. Then the Wild was outplayed in a 5-2 loss in Game 2. Pressed up against a wall in Game 3 back at the X, a youngster (Jason Zucker) came through with the game-winning goal in overtime to make the series 2-1.

Chicago then proceeded to breeze through the next two games, taking two victories by a combined 8-1 margin to take the series.

This Colorado team is not last year's Blackhawks team. This Wild team is not last year's Wild team. To foster genuine belief, the Wild must duplicate not only Monday's effort, but also Monday's result in Thursday's Game 4. Get this series knotted up 2-2 going back to Colorado. Right now, the opportunity to make this a real series exists, just as it did last year.

We think the extra off day (which Minnesota didn't have between Games 3 and 4 last year) will help. That was an emotional, rugged game Monday. A day to rest and reflect is huge. When Minnesota hits the ice tomorrow for practice, it should be with the mentality that nothing in this series has really changed -- yet.

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Philadelphia 2
LA Clippers 96 FINAL
Chicago 86
Cleveland 100 1st OT 2:49
Houston 102
Golden State 16 1st Qtr 3:55
Boston 26
Philadelphia 7 1st Qtr 5:46
Indiana 15
Portland 22 1st Qtr 4:49
Sacramento 11
Charlotte 18 1st Qtr 4:11
Orlando 15
Oklahoma City 5:30 PM
LA Lakers
New Orleans 7:00 PM
Denver
Los Angeles 1 3rd Prd 8:38
Winnipeg 4
Tampa Bay 1 2nd Prd 8:30
Florida 2
Columbus 1 2nd Prd 12:27
Pittsburgh 3
Toronto 6:00 PM
Washington
Anaheim 7:00 PM
Dallas
St. Louis 8:30 PM
Vancouver
SMU 73 FINAL
Connecticut 81
Quinnipiac 65 FINAL
Manhattan 69
Fairfield 56 FINAL
Niagara 57
Marist 49 FINAL
Rider 59
Iona 60 FINAL
Saint Peters 68
Oregon State 56 FINAL
California 73
South Florida 55 FINAL
Houston 72
Marquette 66 FINAL
Providence 77
Michigan State 61 FINAL
Wisconsin 68
Siena 55 2nd Half 0:45
Monmouth 56
Pittsburgh 5:30 PM
Wake Forest
Oregon 6:00 PM
Stanford
Purdue 6:30 PM
Ohio State
Arizona State 7:30 PM
Colorado
Washington St 8:30 PM
UCLA
Georgetown 66 FINAL
Providence 81
Binghamton 50 FINAL
UMBC 73
Elon 65 FINAL
Hofstra 58
Virginia Tech 47 FINAL
Boston College 49
(8) Louisville 59 FINAL
Virginia 75
Texas 69 FINAL
West Virginia 76
Creighton 53 FINAL
Villanova 61
Seton Hall 85 FINAL
Butler 76
UNC-Wilmington 76 FINAL
Coll of Charleston 65
(5) Maryland 69 FINAL
(25) Northwestern 48
Saint Josephs 67 FINAL
La Salle 55
Louisiana Tech 53 FINAL
TX-San Antonio 60
Rhode Island 70 FINAL
Massachusetts 78
Richmond 55 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 49
Davidson 46 FINAL
Fordham 54
St Bonaventure 43 FINAL
Duquesne 51
George Mason 45 FINAL
(22) George Washington 80
Indiana 60 FINAL
(20) Rutgers 71
(12) Texas A&M 63 FINAL
LSU 80
Ole Miss 47 FINAL
(11) Miss State 55
Clemson 56 FINAL
Pittsburgh 61
Maine 47 FINAL
New Hampshire 61
Vermont 48 FINAL
Albany 76
Quinnipiac 87 FINAL
Monmouth 48
Saint Peters 47 FINAL
Siena 64
(4) Notre Dame 67 FINAL
NC State 60
Wisconsin 62 FINAL
Penn State 56
Stony Brook 49 FINAL
Hartford 56
Northeastern 47 FINAL
William & Mary 62
St Johns 61 FINAL
Xavier 74
James Madison 74 FINAL
Delaware 71
Towson 45 FINAL
Drexel 50
Illinois State 50 FINAL
Bradley 60
Southern Ill 74 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 70
Northern Iowa 54 FINAL
Wichita State 66
Minnesota 76 FINAL
(17) Iowa 92
(15) North Carolina 80 FINAL
(16) Duke 81
Alabama 73 FINAL
Auburn 80
(9) Florida State 69 FINAL
Miami-Florida 55
Arkansas 41 FINAL
Missouri 57
Georgia 52 FINAL
Florida 45
Dayton 95 FINAL
Saint Louis 68
Drake 57 FINAL
Missouri State 86
Colorado 46 FINAL
(10) Arizona State 59
(19) Stanford 55 FINAL
Oregon 62
Marquette 82 FINAL
DePaul 99
Southern Miss 66 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 60
Vanderbilt 34 2nd Half 12:10
(6) Tennessee 53
(2) South Carolina 22 2nd Half 18:24
(13) Kentucky 29
Utah 33 2nd Half 13:00
Arizona 44
Ohio State 58 2nd Half 13:40
Nebraska 42
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