May 6, 2013
Wild say physical play key to beating Blackhawks
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford gets set for a save against Wild forward Devin Setoguchi (right) on a pass from teammate Charlie Coyle (left) during Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., May 5, 2013. (ERIC MILLER/Reuters)

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Wild believe they just discovered the blueprint for a monumental upset: To beat the Chicago Blackhawks, you have to beat them up.

Pretty simple, really, just punish everything with a headdress on the front of its sweater, like they did in Game 3, and the Hawks can be had.

That's what they're telling themselves in the Minnesota room, anyway, after they ran all over Game 3, out-hitting Chicago 34-13 in a 3-2 overtime victory that's casting serious doubt on this 1 vs. 8 first round series.

"That's how we're going to beat them, right there," said Wild power forward Charlie Coyle. "They were looking over their shoulder, you could tell."

If they weren't then, they are now, up just 2-1 heading into Game 4 Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center hornets nest, against a Wild team standing a lot taller after Sunday's convincing show of force.



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