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Coach Yeo can’t explain Wild’s stunning collapse

Minnesota Wild v Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 20: Head coach Mike Yeo of the Minnesota Wild talks to the media following their win during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on November 20, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Yeo

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Heading home and the return of goaltender Josh Harding weren’t enough to save the Minnesota Wild last night. Even getting ahead 3-0 wasn’t enough to end their losing streak.

The New York Islanders overcame that deficit in a 5-4 victory that left the Wild stunned.

“I’ve been thinking about it since the game ended,” Yeo told the Star Tribune, “and I can’t find the word to describe the feeling right now. … Believe me, it’s our job to find explanations, but holy cow, that’s a tough one to find an explanation for.

“There’s no reason, no excuse for what happened.”

Wild captain Mikko Koivu conceded that there was no explanation for what happened. The team has now dropped five straight contests. They’re two points shy of the Coyotes and the second Wild Card spot, but have participated in three more games than Phoenix.

Things won’t get any easier for the Wild either as they get ready for a game against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

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