Getting energy back
In Game 2, the Wild looked like a tired team. It beat Colorado in Denver on Wednesday and began its playoff series with Chicago two days later. That was followed by an afternoon game two days after that.
The Wild lacked any oomph in Game 2.
“You get so high up after that Game 7 win and you feel great,” Coyle said. “You go to Chicago and I don’t know if we just kind of went through the motions or why after that such a high. You lose that game, and all of a sudden it feels like it’s the end of the world again.
“We’ve got to put those games behind us.”
Yeo and several players say they think Monday’s day off will help recharge the batteries.
“There’s nothing to save it for now,” Coyle said. “It’s end of the year, playoff time. We need to get our energy up. We know we still have it. We’ve just got to go out and prove it and show it. We have to the team to do it. We’ve done it before. We did it last series when things weren’t going our way and we changed things around.”
The Blackhawks have beaten Minnesota in six of seven playoff games the past two seasons.
“It’s not like they’re killing us out there,” Stoner said. “They’re capitalizing on their chances and we’re not. I think the belief in the room is very strong. As much as we respect them, I don’t think that we think they’re a better team.”
Added Dany Heatley, “We believe we can beat this team.”