May 4, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) gives up a goal to Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (not pictured) during the third period in game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Ilya Bryzgalov to start Game 3 for Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks


The Minnesota Wild trail the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in their second round series, but Wild head coach Mike Yeo says there is no goalie controversy as Ilya Bryzgalov will remain in net for Game 3 and likely for as long as the series continues.

“He’s in the net,” Yeo said. “We got to find a way to get a win and that’s all of us. That’s him, but our team too and I’m not going to sit around and wait for another option, for someone else to come in. This is the guy, so let’s quit even talking about it. We shouldn’t even be talking about who is backing up. [Bryzgalov] is the guy right now and so we have to find a way as a team and as a staff to get a win.”

The Wild lost Darcy Kuemper in Game 7 win vs. the Colorado Avalanche and Josh Harding is an extreme longshot to play in this series so journeyman John Curry as suited up as the team’s backup. Yeo simply has no other options to turn to as the series resumes in Minnesota for Game 3 on Tuesday evening aned Bryzgalov is trying to stay focused.

“I’ve tried to stay sharp the entire game,” Bryzgalov said. “You know, Chicago has unbelievable skilled players and they can punish you even for just a half a period. You don’t have to have 40 or 50 shots to show you’re working hard. They cycle good and are dangerous on the rush.”

Punish is what the Blackhawks have done as they have scored nine goals in the first two games, two of them with an empty net, but the goals the defending Stanley Cup champions have scored have come in bunches vs. Bryzgalov who has struggled this postseason and is 1-4-1 with a 3.90 goals-against average and .830 save percentage in five playoff games.

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