DENVER -The Minnesota Wild are hoping to turn things around in Denver.
After a tough loss in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals, the Wild will take on the same team again Saturday night.
The Wild's attitude was to suck it up and move on. We'll see if they can take that message to heart when they are back on the ice at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night.
"You have to learn your lesson from the loss. You lost for a reason," said Wild forward Matt Cooke. "But the encouraging thing about that is we feel we can get better and if we get better, we improve our chances of being successful."
Cooke and his teammates lead by two goals in the third period only to give up the lead in the final 14 seconds of regulation. The night ultimately ended in an overtime loss and while the team obviously was bitter about the outcome, they also seemed eager to put it behind them.
"It's playoff hockey," said Wild defenseman Marco Scandella. "Everybody is going at it, battling, blocking shots, making hits. So we just gotta come out in Game 2."
The Wild and Avalanche face off at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will air locally on Fox Sports North. Join Perk and the rest of the KARE 11 staff for a special in game chat at KARE11.com.