Wild powerless to stop Mighty Ducks so far

Updated: May 14, 2003, 10:34 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Besides Minnesota's obvious problem of solving Anaheim goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere in the Western Conference finals, the Wild's playoff survival hinges on special teams.

If the Minnesota Wild are going to stage a third consecutive incredible series comeback and cut Anaheim's 2-0 series lead, they'll have to figure out how to get their power play back on track as the series shifts to Arrowhead Pond for Games 3 (Wednesday) and 4 (Friday).

The Wild still lead the NHL in postseason power-play percentage but it has fallen from 26.3 percent to 23.1 percent since the conference finals began. After a 5-for-12 stretch in the Wild's three consecutive wins that closed out the Canucks in seven games during the second round, Minnesota has suddenly gone dry (0-for-8) with the man advantage in the conference finals.