Wild fumbled Stanley Cup expectations and have all summer to stew

 Disillusionment, bitterness and resignation reigned supreme three days after the Minnesota Wild’s latest untimely playoff demise.

During their annual postmortem Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center, general manager Chuck Fletcher and head coach Bruce Boudreau gritted their teeth and slathered regular-season lipstick on the pig of their five-game playoff series loss to St. Louis.

There were shout-outs to an historic 106-point growth spurt in the standings and hosannas for the offensive progression that made the Wild one of the NHL’s most dynamic and productive teams.

Hat tips to the smothering and opportunistic Blues, laments about lost scoring opportunities and recognition they were not tenacious enough to get more pucks and bodies at the net during a series in which time and space were severely limited.

They counterpunched St. Louis to keep the series competitive but never seized control despite home-ice advantage and firepower that fizzled against a hot goalie when the stakes were highest.

The manner of death differed from postseasons past, but the finality was all too familiar.

The Wild failed to live up to their Stanley Cup expectations and will have all summer to stew about the intolerable.

What will become of this underachieving roster seems marginal. Analysis was skin deep on Tuesday.

Fletcher and Boudreau remain committed to the nucleus of veterans and developing players that have defined the mixed successes and matched failures of the past five years.

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