Apr 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) warms up in net against the Colorado Avalanche before the start in game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Minnesota Wild replace Ilya Bryzgalov in second period


After losing a heartbreaker in Game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche, the Minnesota Wild are now up against the ropes in Game 2 and in a giant hole they likely won’t dig out of. The Wild got an early goal from Charlie Coyle, but the scoring barrage from the Avs has resulted in three unanswered goals and a change in net for the Wild.

After just five periods in net, the Wild pulled Ilya Bryzgalov in the second period following his third goal of the game and his eighth goal of the series. Replacing Byzgalov is rookie Darcey Kuemper, who was just today ruled as healthy enough to play since being out dating back to March.

Typically, a change in net is supposed to kick start something that isn’t working and fix it but rarely does it do that. The Tampa Bay Lightning changed netminders in Game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, and it hardly clamped the bleeding or made anyone feel better.

Hopefully, that’s not the case for the Wild who have actually played really well against the Avalanche, but just haven’t played good enough. They caught a really unlucky break in Game 1 when a loose puck came just inches from going into an empty net and winning the game, and it’s been a slow roll downhill since that has now claimed Bryzgalov.

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