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Wild vs. Ducks post-game and Class 2A section semi's preview

Bouchard scores and Theodore saves as Wild earn crucial 3-2 overtime road win over Anaheim

Written by Derek Felska | 25 February 2011

At this point in the season you hear cliches like "Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog" and "its all a matter of who wants it more" or perhaps a more of a head shaker given by former Vikings Head Coach Dennis Green, "there are two teams that showed up today, and only one of them can win." No matter which one you choose, even Green's "profound" quote, its certainly applicable at this time of season. The Minnesota Wild find themselves currently in 6th place in the Western Conference with a 5-way tie in points (70). Yes, you saw that correctly, a 5-way tie. Minnesota had a tough battle last night on the other side of Orange County when they lost to the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. It wasn't a terrible effort, but the compressed schedule doesn't give you a lot of time to really analyze all that went wrong. All you can do as a team is to just go back out there and work as hard as you can and hope to rewarded with a better outcome.

The Anaheim Ducks are also coming off a hard-fought loss to the Kings, but it has had a day to rest and rejuvenate so the Wild will have to dig deep against a team that is relatively fresh. Both teams match up fairly evenly, but hopefully it can learn something from its last attempt to beat the Ducks at Honda Center where Bobby Ryan even used Mikko Koivu's stick to score on the Wild during a strange broken play in Minnesota's zone. Mikko Koivu is again out of the lineup, so Bobby Ryan won't be able to repeat the feat with the Wild captain's stick but Minnesota needs a better start which it did not have the night before. Will Minnesota be able to step forward with a victory tonight or will the Ducks make the Wild cry foul? (click on the link for the rest of the article)

I thought we were screwed in the 2nd period where we were just playing rope-a-dope but they turned it around a bit in the 2nd period and they kept battling and got a little lucky due to some persistence during overtime. There is a complete Class 2A section semifinal previews. Enjoy!
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