Wild coach Yeo: ‘It didn’t have the feel of a game we were going to win’


A brief third-period comeback for the Minnesota Wild didn’t leave head coach Mike Yeo satisfied with his team’s performance in Game 1 of their series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Wild manufactured a pair of goals in the third period to tie the game at two goals apiece, before Patrick Kane took over the game and helped the Blackhawks to a 5-2 win, and a 1-0 series lead on Friday. The Wild had the run of the play through the final two periods, outshooting Chicago 24-9 in that span.

But with the game tied, Kane went to work with some sheer brilliance, a beautiful backhand goal that turned out to be the winner. The Wild couldn’t regroup again, even if comebacks have been commonplace in these playoffs.

“It didn’t have the feel of a game we were going to win,” said Yeo, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.  “I thought we had a handful of guys that were below average at best,” the coach added.