The season comes to an abrupt and startling end.

A six-game losing streak to the rival Blues ends a remarkable run, but it lays the groundwork for a bright future.

It's difficult to comprehend how a club - this team in particular - can go from how they felt after a 5-2 win in Game 

That's where Minnesota was only six nights ago, shaking hands with the St. Louis Blues on the ice of a packed Enterprise Center.

The Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun" serves as the season's last drumbeat, bringing this historic, captivating, magnificent... but shockingly ended season to a close.

"It's difficult to express how tight this squad was and how great the regular season was right now," Wild forward Marcus Foligno said.

"It's really sad because we felt like we were right there with them, playing a tough series and having a lot of optimism surrounding this squad this year, thinking we might do something spectacular."

So, when you don't get the job done, especially when you're in a hurry and you do it and then fail, it's disheartening."

The Blues were losing half of their blueline and relying on four defenseman with a combined postseason experience of little over a dozen games.

Never underestimate a champion's willpower.

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