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Continued: Scoggins: Will Wild take next step, or wait until next year?

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 9, 2014 - 1:02 AM

The reason should be an easy sell to his players: They haven’t played their best game yet. The Wild executed the right game plan in Game 3 in terms of smothering the Blackhawks defensively and not allowing the Kane-Toews-Hossa-Sharp monster to run wild.

But the Wild still can play better and must play better, because the Blackhawks haven’t brought their full fury to this series yet, either. It’s almost as if they’re waiting patiently for the right moment to strike.

“I don’t think we’ve seen their best,” Suter said.

The guess here is that the Blackhawks crank it up in Game 4. They’ll probably come out flying offensively and throw a flurry at the Wild, which will need to withstand it and counterpunch.

This situation is nothing new for the Wild. It didn’t buckle when trailing the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 in the first round, or when it faced a must-win in Game 6, or when it trailed four different times in Game 7.

It doesn’t take a hockey savant to recognize that the Blackhawks are far superior to the Avs, but the Wild has proved to be a feisty bunch. It gave itself a chance to make this a series in Game 3.

So now what?

 

Chip Scoggins • chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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