Hawks shut out in Game 3 against Wild

After taking the first two games of the series, the Hawks came out flat in the third period and fell to the Wild 2-0 in Game 3. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who has been highly scrutinized after replacing the injured Darcy Kuemper in net, stopped 19 shots to get his first shutout this playoff season and his fourth career playoff shutout.  This loss also marked the eighth consecutive time the Hawks have lost the first road game in a playoff series, dating back to 2010.

 

The first two periods of the game were closely matched, a defensive game with both teams not getting many scoring chances.  After 40 minutes of hockey, there were just 25 shots total in the game: 15 for Chicago and 10 for Minnesota.

 

The action started early in the third, as Minnesota struck twice in the first five minutes to go up 2-0, a lead that would hold for the rest of the game.  Erik Haula would get on the board for the Wild first, taking a beauty of a pass from Justin Fontaine that bounced past Corey Crawford.  Under three minutes later, the Wild would score again, this time as Mikael Granlund was able to freeze the defense and get Crawford going in the wrong direction for the game’s second goal.

 

The dagger would come late in the game, as Zach Parise would score his first goal of the series on a power play with Johnny Oduya in the box for hooking.  The Hawk’s previously stellar penalty kill couldn’t corral a rebound that went off Crawford, and the puck bounced to Parise for a wide-open shot that he buried.

 

The Hawks would pull Crawford with two minutes to go, and while they had some frenzied zone time, it wouldn’t be enough as Granlund would get the empty net for his second goal of the night.

 

Stars of the Game

1. Mikael Granlund: 2 G, 4 SOG, 19:11 TOI

2. Ilya Bryzgalov: 19 SA, 1.000 SV%

3. Erik Haula: 1 G, 2 SOG, 12:22 TOI

 

The Hawks will face off against Minnesota in Game 4 on Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT.

 

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