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Comment 4-14

Wild fans deserve better showing

The mentality that helped the Minnesota Wild to their best regular season ever this year is coming back to bite them.

For most of the season, it seemed as though the Wild were content to play a close game, sit back and wait for overtime. Then they would spend five minutes just trying to keep the puck out of their zone and play for a shootout.

There are no shootouts anymore, and if the Wild don’t change their approach, there soon will be no season anymore.

Sure, it’s not easy for the Wild to have a wide-open offensive attack when they haven’t played that way all season. Facing two of the best defensemen in the NHL — Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger — doesn’t help either (nor does the fact that the Wild defensemen have looked utterly clueless at times in the first two games of the series).

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Down 2-0 to Anaheim in a Western Conference quarterfinal series, Wild fans deserve to see an aggressive team on Sunday in Game 3 at the Xcel Energy Center. They don’t deserve to watch a team retreat to its own end to start a breakout, only to play a game of dump and chase.

They deserve to see their team’s stars — Marian Gaborik, Brian Rolston, Pavol Demitra — take charge of a game rather than play for a shootout.

Jason Feldman

jfeldman@postbulletin.com

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