(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
By Ryan Donaldson
The Wild went into game five Thursday night with a game seven mentality. Trailing 3-1 in the best of seven series,
The Wild were given a golden opportunity early after being awarded with a power play following a rare face-off violation against the Blackhawks. Crawford shut down
Brodin made a great defensive play when he broke up a two-on-one chance for
Hossa one-timed a feed from Toews following a bad Brodin turnover in the Wild’s defensive zone. Harding had no chance on the play, as the puck whipped past his elbow for a 1-0 Blackhawk lead.
Harding added insult to injury early in the second period, allowing in back-to-back goals on consecutive attempts making it an insurmountable 3-0 lead. Kuemper was immediately brought in to relieve the clearly ailing Josh Harding.
The Wild finally got some offense from 4th liner Torrey Mitchell who scored
Notorious Wild pest Patrick Sharp wanted to get in on the scoring for
With the game comfortably in hand, the final minutes of un-inspiring playoff hockey ticked off the clock putting an end on this 2013 season for
A meloncholy yet optomistic Head Coach Mike Yeo addressed the media after the loss, "Last thing I want to do is sit up here and talk about puck-luck or bounces. We aren't happy the way it ended but we will be better using this experience going forward. I Hate to say it but sometimes it goes that way. There has been a lot of progress, we've changed the culture here."
The Wild had a great offseason last summer in order to get to the point where they currently are. Not only did they add stars in Parise and Suter, they made a splashy trade landing winger Pominville, and were pleased with the play of youngsters Brodin, Coyle, Zucker, and others. Despite the 2013 truncated season coming to a disappointing close,