The Blackhawks continued to be stymied by the Wild in Minnesota.
While the Wild's style might not be exciting - choking defense that slows the other team - it's working. The Wild also have some young guns who have been showing why Minnesota made it into the playoffs, and why they'll be challenging things in the Central division in the years to come.
The first goal of the night came from Justin Fontaine, his first goal of the playoffs, to make it 1-0 Wild, 7:24 into the first. It would take most of the first period, but Patrick Sharp got the Blackhawks on the board with 39 seconds left in the first period with a five-hole goal.
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.
Minnesota Wild fans will have to wait until at least September to watch their prized additions like Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell hit the ice. It is likely that Ryan Suter and Zach Parise will suit up then too.
All jokes aside, this is an exciting time for the Wild and their fans. Suter and Parise will lead the team into contention for years to come. Fans can get a glimpse of some of their future teammates at this week's Prospect Development Camp.
The Green/White scrimmages will be open to the public Thursday and Sunday. If you cant make it to St. Paul you could always check out a local squirt tournament where you might find Suter's future "D" partn...