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Continued: Scoggins: Fading-fast Wild can't start a fire without some spark

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 6, 2014 - 11:50 AM

In other words, the Wild can’t out-skill the Blackhawks; it has to outwork them.

The Wild managed to dominate puck possession time last series because the Avalanche had shaky defensemen who became frantic when faced with relentless pressure. For all the talk about Chicago’s world-class skill at forward, the Blackhawks also are blessed with a savvy, mobile defensive corps. They won’t panic too often.

That doesn’t mean the Wild can’t be disruptive and pesky and make things tough on the Blackhawks. That starts with more energy, a better forecheck and more pucks thrown at Crawford. And the team’s best players have to step up and give more.

If the Wild can rediscover that feistiness, this can turn into an interesting series. If not, it probably won’t feel much different from the way things ended last season.

 

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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