Wild remain confident despite 0-2 hole as series returns to St. Paul


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The Minnesota Wild return to St. Paul trailing in their best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sunday's 4-1 loss to Chicago has put the Wild in another 0-2 deficit, but the team doesn't appear to be uncomfortable with their situation.

"We've been here before," said Wild forward Charlie Coyle. "Right now we have to focus on the next one. That's all we have to do."

The Wild took Monday off as it prepares for Tuesday night's big game. They weren't afforded the opportunity after their come-from-behind win in Game 7 against Colorado on Wednesday night, as the second-round began on Friday night in Chicago.

Despite losing six of seven playoff games in just over the last year to the Blackhawks, the Pioneer Press reports the team thinks they have played well in the first two games.

The Wild have scored more than two goals only once in those playoff games. It was their one victory, a 3-2 overtime win during Game 3 of their series last year.

During his Monday afternoon press conference Wild coach, Mike Yeo, said he thought the team lacked energy, especially during Sunday's Game 2 loss to the Blackhawks.

Can the Wild turn it around in Game 3? They are 3-0 in home playoff games this year, but they are 0-4 in playoff games that Ilya Bryzgalov has started in goal.

Yeo said on Monday that Bryzgalov would start again on Tuesday. Josh Harding has been practicing with the team, but Yeo said last week that his return during this series would be an "extreme long shot."

Face off in Game 2 is Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

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