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Continued: Tricky mix of confidence, respect fuels Wild

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 11, 2014 - 7:34 PM

“But with that, there’s been sort of a little bit more of an aggressive mind-set in how we executed the last couple games, and that’s allowed us to get on the attack a little bit more. It’s a fine line. We have to make sure that we’re playing smart, but we can’t be playing safe. We’ve got to take that attitude into their building.”

Cody McCormick, having a strong postseason on the fourth line, said: “It shouldn’t be that much different on the road. I know there’s [last] line changes [for the home team] and different atmosphere. At the same time, you’re on the ice against the same team every time.”

Dany Heatley said Saturday that the vibe in the room wasn’t a team that was overconfident. Niederreiter, echoing Yeo, said the Wild needs to look back at the Colorado series for reason why it shouldn’t be.

“We went into Colorado [in Game 5] and we kind of thought that it’s just going to happen automatically,” Niederreiter said. “We have to make sure we don’t go in with that attitude.”

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