Stanley Cup Finals: Wild/Hawks Game 3 recap

Hannah Foslien

Wild win in overtime, Hawks lead the series 2-1

What a game Wilderness. In a high pressure, sitting on the edge of your seat all game type of game, the Wild managed to pull out their first win on the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Everyone who declared this an easy sweep series for the Blackhawks are free to eat crow now.

The first period looked pretty similar to the first period in game one. The Wild were hungry and ready to go. Thirteen minutes into the game however, the Hawks struck with a goal from Johnny Oduya, with assists going to Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. Thankful, Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored his first goal (and point) of the series on a pass from Cal Clutterbuck and Kyle Brodziak.

The second period saw a lot of huge hits and a lot of frustration on the Blackhawks side. The Wild were not giving the Blackhawks much room to shoot the puck, and were able to hold the Hawks to only 8 SOG for the entire second period.

The 3rd period started off well, but fell into dangerous territory towards the end. After Charlie Coyle feed Zach Parise, who was able to put the Wild up 2-1, the Hawks started to put pressure on the Wild. Eventually, with only 3:46 left in the game, Duncan Keith slipped one past Josh Harding to tie the game up and send it into overtime.

But the Wild only needed one shot to get the puck past Corey Crawford and end overtime in just 2:15. You could see from the celebration and joy on the teams face just how much they wanted this win, for themselves and for the fans.

But the team is aware that this isn't the time to let up and start feeling comfortable. Parise said after the game that "Our effort level was better. Our competiveness was a lot better tonight...[but] next one just as important"

After the game, Matt Cullen talked to the media and mentioned a couple things worth repeating. Being from Minnesota, he talked a little about just how important this series and this win at home are to the fans in the state. He believes it's been a long time coming.

Everyone knows the year that Harding has had. I leave you with Cullen's words on the performance that Harding had tonight.

"What Josh is doing is pretty impressive. We're all very proud of him and he's been unbelievable. He's played better than anyone would have expected. But the one thing we know about Josh is he's a very good goalie and he has the capability of playing like this."

Final Game Stats

player

G

A

p/m

pim

hits

blocks

shots

toi

Scandella

0

0

0

0

1

0

3

17:46

Cullen

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

20:38

Koivu

0

0

0

0

3

1

2

20:53

Setoguchi

0

0

0

0

7

0

5

17:12

Parise

1

0

-1

0

2

1

3

23:10

Zucker

1

0

1

0

1

0

5

11:28

Mitchell

0

0

-1

0

2

1

2

9:40

Veilleux

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

7:57

Suter

0

0

0

2

1

2

2

8:23

Brodziak

0

1

1

2

1

1

1

20:31

Clutterbuck

0

1

0

0

8

1

4

17:10

Brodin

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

4:26

Rupp

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

2:37

Falk

0

0

-1

0

1

0

0

12:12

Spurgeon

0

0

1

0

0

1

2

15:14

Coyle

0

1

0

0

2

1

1

15:30

Gilbert

0

0

-1

0

0

1

0

11:45

Bouchard

1

1

2

0

1

0

4

14:08

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