ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild entered the playoffs without much postseason experience and were facing a Chicago Blackhawks team that has plenty of playoff-tested veterans.
Handling the increased pressure, where every shift is magnified in a best-of-seven series is new to many of Minnesota's players. They're learning first-hand how to handle the postseason.
"This is part of the playoffs is dealing with those emotions, right?," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We lost Game 1 and probably sitting there saying, 'You know, it wasn't too bad. It could have went the other way.' And then last game we got crushed. So, how do you bounce back from that? That's the challenge. The good teams and the teams that move on in the playoffs are the teams that are able to do that."
Hosting the first home playoff game in five years may make facing that 2-0 deficit a little easier on the Wild. Minnesota is expecting a raucous crowd at the Xcel Energy Center for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon, not the nervo...