Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Wild 4, Blackhawks 0
By Scott Powers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -– Here’s a quick look at the Minnesota Wild’s 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of their Western Conference second-round series at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.
How it happened: Wild forward Erik Haula broke a scoreless tie at 1:41 of the third period, scoring at the net off a pass from Justin Fontaine. It was the Wild’s first lead in the series. Mikael Granlund added to the Wild’s advantage with a second goal at 4:18 of the period. The Wild scored on their first two shots on net in the third period. Zach Parise scored on a power-play goal at 17:25, and Granlund scored an empty-net goal at 18:43. Shots were difficult to come by for both teams for much of the game. The Blackhawks had 19 shots on net, and the Wild had 18 shots. Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov recorded the shutout. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 14 saves. The Wild were 1-for-4 on the power play, and the Blackhawks were 0-for-2.
What it means: The Wild won their first game of the series and cut the Blackhawks’ series lead to 2-1. The Wild extended their unbeaten home streak to four games in the playoffs. The Blackhawks dropped their playoff road opener for the ninth consecutive series. Last season in the first round, the Blackhawks defeated the Wild in the first two games in Chicago, lost Game 3 in Minnesota and won the next two games to close out the series. The Blackhawks hadn’t been shut out in the playoffs this season. They were shut out twice in the playoffs last season.
Player of the game: Bryzgalov had allowed seven goals in the first two games of the series. He didn’t see a lot of shots on Tuesday, but he kept the Blackhawks off the board. It was his fourth career playoff shutout.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks were held to four shots on net in the third period.
What’s next: The series remains in Minnesota for Game 4 on Friday.