The Chicago Blackhawks took the first two games of their Western Conference semifinals match up against the Minnesota Wild, and they were hoping to keep the momentum rolling on Tuesday night in Game 3.
Thanks to a third period offensive explosion from the Wild, Minnesota went on to earn a 4-0 win and draw closer to the Blackhawks in the series which Chicago leads 2-1.
The game was even through two periods with both teams showing some impressive play on the defensive ice, but things quickly took a turn for the worst for Chicago in the final period.
Less than two minutes in to the period, Erik Haula snuck the puck past Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford to give the Wild a one-goal lead. Justin Fontaine and Matt Moulson recorded assists on the play.
Just a few minutes later, Mikael Granlund netted a nifty shot with assists from Jason Pominville and Zach Parise to give the Wild a two-goal lead with plenty of time left to play.
Chicago fought hard to get back in the game and kept the pressure on Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, but the Wild defense was holding strong and keeping the puck out of the net. Minnesota earned a power play with just over three minutes to go, and the Wild capitalized with a late goal from Zach Parise to give the team a three-goal lead after rebounding a puck off of the post. It was Parise’s first goal of the series.
An empty netter less than a minute later from put the Wild up four and that was all she wrote for Game 3 in Minnesota.