ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild assembled at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport on Wednesday preparing for their flight to Chicago understanding the uphill climb they face in their first-round playoff series against the top-seeded Blackhawks.
After Tuesday's 3-0 loss at home, splitting the two games in Minnesota with Chicago, the Wild know the challenges they face. Their focus is on Game 5 Thursday in Chicago, knowing they can't look at the complete 3-1 deficit they need to overcome.
"We can't sit here and dwell on what's happened and we certainly can't feel sorry for ourselves," Minnesota coach Mike Yeo said. "This is where we're at. We got ourselves here, so we've got to get ourselves out of it."
It was the same concept from the players. They aren't looking beyond Thursday, knowing that without winning Thursday's game, subsequent games won't even be a factor.
"You've got to narrow your focus," center Matt Cullen said. "We've got to focus on our power play, we've got to focus...