With national media outlets ESPN, Sports Illustrated and even the Wall Street Journal arriving in the Windy City on Tuesday to see what the fuss with the Chicago Blackhawks is about, the Wild made sure to show them.
The Blackhawks’ record streak of consecutive games with a point to start the season reached 23 when the Wild was exposed all over the ice, especially in the first period of a 5-3 loss at the United Center.
The Wild made it a game late, but coach Mike Yeo said, “We definitely didn’t deserve this one.”
“We were watching them, we were on our heels, we were losing battles, we were losing races and we weren’t physical,” Yeo continued. “Just not a good recipe against a team like that.”
Niklas Backstrom, one day after being named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week, exited after the first period thanks to the Blackhawks scoring four times in a 5-minute, 43-second span after Devin Setoguchi gave the Wild a 1-0 lead.
“We can’t let one or two turn into four and get rattled and start pouting and feeling sorry for ourselves,” said Dany Heatley, whose line with Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Mikael Granlund was minus-3. “We’ve got to get the game back. You can’t spot a team like that a three-goal lead.
“It took us a while to stop moping around. I mean, the bench was dead.”
The Wild finally found the tissues and struck with third-period goals by Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak. But Patrick Kane ended the Wild’s comeback try by answering 61 seconds after Brodziak’s tally as Chicago skated to a 10th victory in a row.
Bryan Bickell scored twice and 20-year-old Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists. Marian Hossa, honored before the game for playing his 1,000th game Sunday, put the stamp on the first period with the eventual winning goal.
“We should take some notes from the way they beat us to pucks and the way they outworked us,” said Zach Parise, who along with Mikko Koivu combined for three shots and looked tired.
Wild can't overcome poor start; Chicago's win streak continues
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 6