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Wild winger Chris Stewart to miss Game 3 against Blackhawks

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Know harm, no foul. Know pain, no gain.

That has added up to no good, no goal and no Chris Stewart for the Wild, who were without the right wing Tuesday night in Game 3 against the Blackhawks at the Xcel Energy Center.

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During the second period of Game 2 on Sunday, Stewart stole the puck near center ice and dug in his blades as he furiously glided toward Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. Defenseman Johnny Oduya shadowed Stewart to his right before wrapping his right arm around Stewart's right leg.

Stewart slid into the boards, his right hand giving way to his right shoulder, which wasn't all right as he left the ice doubled over in agony. He returned, but the no-call left Wild coach Mike Yeo in a foul mood.

"We were down; probably a little more frustration at the time," Yeo said before Tuesday's game. "There was a scoring chance on the play and he gets banged up, but we didn't lose the game because of that."

Yeo said Stewart is day to day. The seventh-year veteran, acquired from the Sabres at the trade deadline, had 14 goals and 22 assists in 81 regular-season games (3 and 8 in 20 games with the Wild). He has one assist this postseason.

"I don't think it really changes our game plan," Hawks left wing Bryan Bickell said of the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Stewart's absence. "He's a big force, (a) guy that can finish checks and has some skill. He went into the boards; I'm sure that's what caused it."

While Stewart and Justin Fontaine (lower-body injury in Game 1) were absent Tuesday, the Wild's top defenseman, alternate captain Ryan Suter, was on the ice trying to find a game that has been MIA.

His turnover to Marian Hossa on Sunday led to a short-handed goal by Jonathan Toews. Patrick Kane also caught Suter out of position for what turned out to be the winning goal.

"They have that killer instinct," said Suter, a 2010 and 2014 U.S. Olympian. "I made a mistake on that first one and it's in the back of the net."

Suter had an assist during the 4-1 loss but was minus-7 in the postseason going into Tuesday's game and minus-4 against the Hawks.

Suter dealt with some pain of his own before the season when his father, Bob, died of a heart attack Sept. 9, nine days before training camp. Bob Suter was a member of the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team that won Olympic gold.

Suter's uncle Gary Suter played for the Hawks for five seasons and was a four-time All-Star during 17 NHL seasons.

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