Wild stuck in 3-0 hole after failure to solve Corey Crawford

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Too many Blackhawks were on the ice 9 minutes, 52 seconds into the third period Tuesday, resulting in the team having to play two minutes with one too few against the Wild.

But the home team took none of its 10 third-period shots on goal during that power play. The result was a 1-0 loss and a 3-0 series hole, a deficit overcome just four times in NHL history. The Kings did it last year against the Sharks in the first round en route to winning the Stanley Cup.


"I'm not going to get up here right now and give a big rah-rah speech," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We've got to win a game. It's as simple as that. I've never been here before. It's kind of unfamiliar territory."

The Hawks ended a seven-game road losing streak in Game 3s, but it didn't come without some breath-stealing moments.

Wild fans had their chants — "Craw-ford, Craw-ford" — and the Wild their chances, such as early in the first when Matt Cooke bounced one off Corey Crawford's left pad. And again late in the second when Crawford denied Mikael Granlund on a breakaway.

Crawford also shut down Jason Pominville on a breakaway.

"I didn't see a replay," Pominville said. "You come in, you shoot. You try to score, I guess, and I just missed."

He wasn't alone.

Thanks to Crawford, none of the Wild's 30 shots amounted to more than having to hang their hats on hope.

"Well, we didn't score one, so I don't think we did enough," alternate captain Zach Parise said. "There's got to be something more we can do."

Really, there wasn't Tuesday.

Patrick Kane recorded his 102nd playoff point in 102 games with a power-play goal in the first.

"Well, he shot it through my legs," said goalie Devan Dubnyk, who made 21 saves. "That is what happened."

What also happened was the defense bounced back after Sunday's 4-1 loss during which alternate captain Ryan Suter struggled. His turnover to Marian Hossa led to a short-handed goal by Jonathan Toews. Kane also caught Suter out of position for what turned out to be the winning goal.

Now Suter and the Wild will try to pick up the pieces for Game 4 on Thursday.

"Things were rolling for us," Suter said of the end of the season and the first round against the Blues. "We were scoring goals, we were keeping pucks out of the back of our net. Everyone was playing well, and now we're down 3-0. Now we have nothing to lose."


Nothing to lose except everything.

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