May 7, 2013 at 6:40 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild are bracing for pushback from the Chicago Blackhawks after a rough-and-tumble effort to win Game 3 in this first-round series.
Game 4 is Tuesday. After practice on Monday, the Wild cautioned against being too proud of their overtime victory. They spoke of expecting a physical response from the Blackhawks after outhitting the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs 34-13 on Sunday.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says his team needs to play with more desperation.
For the Wild, forward Jason Pominville participated in a light practice. Coach Mike Yeo called that ``encouraging'' but declined to clarify his status for Game 4. Pominville has missed the last two weeks after taking an elbow to the chin in a game against Los Angeles.
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