May 8, 2013
Wild won't quit but comeback against Blackhawks won't happen
Try as they might, Minnesota has a huge mountain to climb
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper takes to the ice against the Blackhawks as Niklas Backstrom watches from the bench during Game 4 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., May 7, 2013. (ANDY KING/Reuters)

CHICAGO - There were no Minnesota Wild goaltenders injured during team meetings Wednesday.

Given that the position has a shorter life expectancy than camp counsellors in Friday the 13th movies, it's a huge moral victory for a team in desperate need of something, anything, good.

Down 3-1, and two goalies, in their first-round series with the Chicago Blackhawks, the star-crossed Wild are running out of things that can wrong before the damage is fatal.

"I know one thing, it's really important to win the next game," said coach Mike Yeo, finding a glint of humour in their otherwise a dire situation. "It's pretty much that simple. We can't sit here and dwell on what happened and we certainly can't feel sorry for ourselves. We got ourselves here so we have to get ourselves out of it."

That's not going to be easy.

The Wild lost starting goalie Nik Backstrom prior to Game 1 and backup Josh Harding early in Game 4, leaving it up to 23-year-old Darcy Kuemper, the guy with 40 minutes of playoff hockey to his name, to stop his team from bleeding out.

Being that it's the playoffs and all, Yeo isn't updating anything when it comes to his goaltending situation for Thursday's Game 5. But as of Tuesday night, it doesn't look good.



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