CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
On Sunday afternoon the Blackhawks fell to the Wild 3-2 in overtime.
Duncan Keith summed things up in a straight forward manner following Game 3. Keith commented Minnesota was the hungrier team and they deserved to win the game. Keith’s remarks were spot on and now the Wild can even the best of seven series on Tuesday night.
The Hawks took the lead at 13:26 of the opening period and until then had a great start to the game. It’s hard to know exactly what happened afterward but the Wild did show their desperation and executed an effective plan. Minnesota didn’t do anything mysterious but they were able to use an aggressive forecheck and some physicality to control much of the action.
Although Corey Crawford would probably like to have a another chance to save the Jason Zucker shot that beat him short side in overtime he still played a great game. The Crawford haters always seem to be lurking but if he keeps playing as he has thus far there should be little criticism. Crawford has outplayed his counterpart Josh Harding in every match but that alone isn’t always enough to win.
Maybe collectively players thought Game 3 was in the bag after scoring first, as many players seemed to check out afterwards. There were surges here and there but the Blackhawks couldn’t dominant the action for stretches until late in the third period.
It’s not the end of the world to lose to a desperate Wild team on their home ice but it was a missed opportunity to all but secure a round one victory. Blackhawk faithful can discount this outcome as long as a rebound effort is coming in Game 4. It shouldn’t be overlooked, this is an injured Wild squad and they could get a few players back before long which should help their chances.
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