Saturday, May 03, 2014

Wild defense porous in opening game against Blackhawks

I think that's a pretty accurate assessment of last night's game, in general. Last night, the Wild defense left their goaltender high and dry and gave up "way" too many opportunities. This has to change or this could end up being a very short series.
Mark Lazerus, Chicago Sun-Times -- He danced through the Minnesota defense as they picked their poison between him and Patrick Sharp, dusting Ryan Suter and splitting Jonas Brodin and Kyle Brodziak — the Wild’s top two defensemen and one of their top shutdown forwards — before roofing a backhander over Ilya Bryzgalov to break a tie and unleash a deafening roar at the United Center.

As (Patrick) Kane raced to his teammates to celebrate, he twice appeared to yell, “Showtime!” — fitting, given the highlight-reel nature of the goal and his usual penchant for the dramatic.

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