Originally written on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 2/9/13
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There is a funny but ridiculous saying that denial isn't just a river in Egypt.  (Rant warning) After the Wild's 4-1 loss to Vancouver, a game the Wild should've been immensely desperate for a win the team started the game in a haze and were dominated by an apathetic Canucks team that sort of went through the motions which was more than enough to beat Minnesota.  The team registered a paltry 3 shots on goal in the 1st period; so much for all of the moves and changes the team made since its last loss.  Those changes would include a trade, a top down changing of the lines, a scratch of one of the team's more highly touted prospects, the call up of a promising prospect from its minor league affiliate and his promotion to the top line.  Yet what did that result?  3 shots on goal in the first period in a game played at the friendly comfines of the Xcel Energy Center.  The team would raise its intensity through the 2nd and 3rd period but its inability to bury its chances would again haunt...
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