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07:52 AM ET 12.23 | Mike Yeo hoped that Mikael Granlund would spark the second line in his return, and those hopes were realized. Unfortunately, the rest of Yeo's disjointed, mentally fragile group lacked any spark during Sunday night's Broadway flop at Madison Square Garden. The Wild, admittedly incapable of handling in-game adversity, routinely passed up shots and threw pucks away as the Rangers, a lousy team at home, beat an even lousier team on the road 4-1. "It's mental. It's 100 percent mental," Matt Cooke, seething, said. ... "The way we were moving the puck, it felt like we were in a spot where we were a few weeks ago, a month ago maybe, but you can tell that confidence is shaken right now," Yeo said. "When they scored the first goal, we tightened up a little bit. When they scored the second goal, we tightened up completely."

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December 23, 2013  09:02 AM ET

When they scored the second goal, we tightened up completely."

Thank you Dr. Cooke...

December 23, 2013  09:08 AM ET

"It's mental. It's 100 percent mental," Matt Cooke

Seems like Cooke forgot HE already IS 100% mental.

December 23, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

When they scored the second goal, we tightened up completely." Thank you Dr. Cooke...

I'm no doctor but, it's been my experience that ... when you score ... you relax.

December 23, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"It's mental. It's 100 percent mental," Matt CookeSeems like Cooke forgot HE already IS 100% mental.

90% of the game is half-mental?

December 23, 2013  09:27 AM ET

what's with all the wild threads these days?

December 23, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

what's with all the wild threads these days?

The interns are decorating for Christmas.

December 23, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm no doctor but, it's been my experience that ... when you score ... you relax.

Nice , no better sleeping pill in the world,

December 23, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Nice , no better sleeping pill in the world,

I tend to fall asleep after I score

December 23, 2013  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

When they scored the second goal, we tightened up completely."Thank you Dr. Cooke...

Good thing Torts isn't the Coach there, he'd three finger him back up.

December 23, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I tend to fall asleep after I score

So you sleep, what, once a week:)

December 23, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

what's with all the wild threads these days?

They've been an intern favorite for years now.

December 23, 2013  10:27 AM ET

I thought Granlund played pretty good last night.

December 23, 2013  11:33 AM ET

We're entering a Holiday, pre-O-Lay bubble-guy x-tra effart - made-guys coast-a-rama, trade-expectations, triple whammy Twi-light Zone. Anything can, and will happen.

December 23, 2013  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"It's mental. It's 100 percent mental," Matt CookeSeems like Cooke forgot HE already IS 100% mental.

first sign that you're in big trouble is having your team issue represented to the media by Cooke

December 23, 2013  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

first sign that you're in big trouble is having your team issue represented to the media by Cooke

Is that thug still playing? Why haven't they run him out of hockey?

December 23, 2013  01:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So you sleep, what, once a week:)

once a month

December 23, 2013  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

once a month

You need to make that little blue pill a part of your diet. It'll either, a) improve your performance or, b) we'll be reading about a legendary 4 hour erection or, c) We'll be reading your obituary. If it's the last, we'll put a plaque on your grave in your memory with the inscription: "Here lies a great stiff!" ;-)

December 23, 2013  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

You need to make that little blue pill a part of your diet. It'll either, a) improve your performance or, b) we'll be reading about a legendary 4 hour erection or, c) We'll be reading your obituary. If it's the last, we'll put a plaque on your grave in your memory with the inscription: "Here lies a great stiff!" ;-)

HAHAHAHA.

3 kids and a sick mother-in-law living with us.

December 23, 2013  02:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

HAHAHAHA. 3 kids and a sick mother-in-law living with us.

Wow! I hear you. That's enough to keep the 'boy' down.

 
December 23, 2013  03:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

HAHAHAHA. 3 kids and a sick mother-in-law living with us.

but lots of buzzing noise from behind the bathroom door.....;-)

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