Wild practice after discouraging Game 1 loss

DENVER - The Minnesota Wild didn't spend much time licking their wounds after Thursday's discouraging loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

The team was back on the ice at the Pepsi Center practicing on Friday.

"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."

Scandella said it doesn't help anybody to dwell on Thursday night.

"It's a new game, a fresh start. We gotta forget about the past and have a short-term memory and keep going," he added.

It's not expected that the Wild will make an wholesale changes heading into Saturday. Instead they will focus on some of the little things that could ultimately swing this 7-game series one way or the other.

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.


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