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Continued: Scoggins: Kuemper doing what's needed

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 25, 2014 - 7:23 AM

The Wild so thoroughly dominated both games in puck possession time that the Avs played almost exclusively on their heels in retreat mode. Their frustration bubbled over several times, notably on Paul Stastny’s foolish cross-check on Mikael Granlund, who was face down on the ice at the time.

–0 overtime victory in his first postseason start since Detroit’s Normie Smith in 1936.

Those historical markers have been overshadowed, rightfully, by the Wild’s defense.

“It’s got to be a team effort,” captain Mikko Koivu said. “You need all five guys on the ice. I thought we supported each other real well. You need to do that against a skilled team like they are. And obviously at the end goaltending is huge.”

That part really hasn’t been necessary the past two games. Kuemper has been able to sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

 

Chip Scoggins • chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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