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Wild putting win in the past, focused on Game 4 vs. Blackhawks

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Momentum is on the Wild's side after their Game 3 victory, but the players were being careful not to get carried away.

"We all came to the rink today the same way that we did after Game 1 and Game 2," goalie Josh Harding said. "This is going to be a long series, and we're just trying to get better every day. I know it's getting repetitive, but you have to treat each day as a new day, and that's what we're doing today."

Even 21-year-old Jason Zucker, who scored the overtime winner in Game 3, had put his heroics behind him -- after leaping into the glass and fielding some celebratory texts and calls, of course.

"You've got to move on right away," Zucker said. "Obviously, it was good to get that win, but [it doesn't] matter now. We're just moving on."

Veteran forward Devin Setoguchi was glad to see Zucker and the rest of his teammates focused on the task at hand -- Game 4 -- rather than reflecting on the franchise's first playoff victory in five years.

"After the game's over, the game's over," Setoguchi said. "You show up the next day and it's the same thing. You can't dwell on the past, you can't dwell on the day before. You lose the game in Chicago, you come home, you can't just sit there and whine and sulk about it. You don't have time for that. We've done a good job as far as [realizing] the game's over -- come in today, refocus and get what we need and be ready to go tomorrow."

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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.

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