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Continued: Scoggins: Pain doesn't hurt when chasing the Stanley Cup

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 13, 2014 - 11:53 AM

These guys are nuts.

“You hear stories about the guys that have won before and the things that they go through,” Suter said. “I think that’s why it is so hard. That’s why it’s so fun to be a part of because you know the reward at the end.”

The physical punishment is starting to take its toll. Wild Captain Mikko Koivu looks a step slower, which might have something to do with the screws he had inserted into his right ankle during surgery in early January. Jason Pominville doesn’t look as explosive offensively as he did in the regular season.

Veteran Matt Moulson seemingly forgot how to skate the first few games of this series before being removed from the lineup by Wild coach Mike Yeo because of a “lower body” injury.

The Blackhawks and every other team left in the playoffs are in the same boat as the Wild.

“Every single guy in [our] locker room and every single guy in their locker room has issues right now,” Suter said.

Koivu brushed aside a question about his ankle. Feels good, he said. That’s a standard line these days.

Here was a conversation with Suter the day after his hard fall:

Q: Did you think it was serious?

Suter: That was kind of scary, but I feel good.

Q: Did it go numb?

Suter: Yeah. (smiling).

Q: But it’s fine?

Suter: Yeah. (smiling).

Glad to clear that up. This is how it goes in the playoffs. Players wreck their bodies but somehow ignore the pain. The allure of the Cup is a powerful thing.

 

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com

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