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WILD: The psychology of Game 7

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No road team has been victorious during this Western Conference First Round series between the Wild and the Avalanche, but as the Wild head back to Denver for a decisive Game 7, it could be the Avs with a little more pressure to perform.

Dr. Alexandra Wagner, a sports psychologist from the University of Minnesota says the Wild need to focus on three key points before and after the puck drops.

Fundamentals: The Wild’s game has been on-point at home, and if they trust the process, Wagner says, they’ll see success on the ice.

Passion: When we connect with what we love to do, we excel. Wagner suggests the players focus on what hockey meant to them in their youth, playing in pee wee leagues and in high school, and get back to basics.

Be in the moment: It’s easy to get distracted by the crowd, but she says if we take a step back and focus on each play, each puck drop, each pass, each task, we’re able to focus on moment-to-moment play.

“The crowd’s going to be out of their control, they’re going to be tired, but they’re going to have to use that pain, that energy that’s going to be for Colorado, and almost burn it as fuel,” Wagner said.

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