Wolves face ‘do or die’ after blowout Game 4 loss
By brian Sandalow For Sun-Times Media May 3, 2014 4:54PM
As Jake Allen met the media outside the dressing room after the Wolves’ 7-2 loss Friday night to the Rochester Americans, chairman Don Levin walked by and patted Allen on the shoulder.
Levin didn’t stop or say anything to his goalie, but his small gesture reminded Allen that Friday’s game was over and there is more hockey to be played. And for the Wolves to win Sunday’s Game 5 and advance to the Western Conference semifinals against Toronto, they’ll have to let go of what happened.
That was already Allen’s focus late Friday night.
“It’s a new game. That’s all it is. Do or die, and it’s one more game,” Allen said. “Can’t really do anything about this one.”
For Allen and the Wolves, Friday was a cruel reminder that what happened one game doesn’t really matter much the next.
Counting the postseason, Allen had his eighth shutout Thursday when he stopped 18 shots. He allowed five goals on 17 shots Friday and was replaced by Matt Climie after Frederick Roy’s goal 13:26 into the second put Rochester in front 5-1.
Wolves coach John Anderson, however, absolved Allen of much blame.
“It wasn’t the goalie,” Anderson said. “You have seven against you it ain’t the goalie. If it’s a 2-1 game and he fumbles it behind the net and it goes right in front, that’s different. It wasn’t the goalie. Believe me.”
After scoring three power-play goals and a short-handed tally Thursday, the Wolves let Rochester score three power-play goals of their own Friday.
The Americans also reversed the first 20 minutes of Game 3 when the Wolves jumped out to a 2-0 lead to set the tone.
“I have the utmost confidence in this group that we’ll rebound Sunday,” Allen said.