Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild Game 4: Live Score, Updates and Analysis
In the first period, Patrick Sharp deflected a Michal Handzus shot in the first period to make it 1-0 for the Chicago Blackhawks. Josh Harding injured his leg after colliding awkwardly with Jonathan Toews in the first period, so third-string goalie Darcy Kuemper made his playoff debut.
In the second period, Patrick Sharp came in and scored on Kuemper to make it 2-0. In the third period, Bryan Bickell put the Hawks up by three goals on a bad-angle shot from the corner that Bickell just threw on the net.
The Blackhawks didn't allow the Wild to have any room to breathe in the offensive zone, as the Blackhawks finished with 26 blocked shots to Corey Crawford's 25 saves.
Minnesota's power play was awful, going 0-6 on the evening.
Final score: Chicago Blackhawks 3, Minnesota Wild 0.
Corey Crawford picks up a 25-save shutout, his second playoff shutout of his career.
Blackhawks just clamped down on the Wild and didn't give them any room to move or any free shots on goal.
The Wild just couldn't hit the net. Whether the puck bounced off of Blackhawks' players or the end boards or glass, the Wild didn't make Crawford work hard enough in this game.
The Wild now go to Chicago on Thursday night for Game 5 where the Blackhawks can wrap up a trip to the second round of the playoffs with a win.
1:32 to go in regulation in this one. Chicago will take a 3-1 series lead with a win.
Under five minutes to go here in Minnesota.
With a 3-0 lead, this game seems like it is in the bag for Minnesota, but a goal by the Wild would really put some life back into this crowd.
Bryan Bickell makes it 3-0 Blackhawks on a soft goal from just above the goal line on a turn-around shot.
Kuemper is going to want to have that one back, as Bickell likely just iced the game the way the Wild are playing.
Now the Wild will be shorthanded as Charlie Coyle going to the penalty box for cross checking.
The Wild have been beating themselves all night by not getting the puck through to Corey Crawford. Now, they must kill a Blackhawks' power play.
The Wild continue to lack any kind of offensive organization or drive to the net. As their power play isn't doing anything, the Blackhawks look to have this game almost locked up despite being only half done the third period.
Blackhawks are currently outscoring the Wild on their own power play, with one shorthanded goal to 0 goals in 15 attempts. #NHL— Kyle Bemis (@BemisMightier) May 8, 2013
Wild continue to beat themselves on the man advantage, as they are now 0-6 in the game and 0-15 in the series.
Minnesota just can't hit the net.
At this point, they just need an ugly goal to get them going, as time is running out.
No power-play goal for the Wild, but they go right back to the power play as Brandon Saad gets the gate for tripping.
Patrick Kane shoots the puck over the glass in his own zone. Wild to the power play again.
Will the result be different this time?
The Blackhawks blocked another 10 shots in that second period. Corey Crawford has had to face less shots on goal (13) than his team has blocked in front of him (20).
That's usually a pretty good recipe for success.
That noise that can be heard at the Xcel Energy Center is dead silence. The building's energy can be thought of as a balloon that someone let all the air out of very slowly. Now, the balloon is just flat.
The Wild need a goal, a fight, something, anything to get back into this game.
Right now, that's just not happening.
End of the second period here, the Wild have just 13 shots, even with four power plays.
Minnesota continues to struggle offensively to get any kind of sustained pressure.
12 shots almost through 2 periods just won't do it #mnwild— Nate Mussell (@ncmussell) May 8, 2013
Meanwhile, Patrick Sharp continues to make a difference in games that he plays in with two goals tonight. But it isn't just tonight, but all season long.
The Blackhawks are 27-0-3 with Sharp in the line-up #unreal— Nate (@NateConway77) May 8, 2013
Michal Rozsival to the box here for the Blackhawks, but surprise, the Wild power play fails to score again.
Looks like the Minnesota Wild aren't going to be getting anything out of their power play tonight (or perhaps in this series at all).
This is bad news for the Wild, as they were 24th in the NHL in the regular season in 5-on-5 goals for to goals against at 0.88.
The Blackhawks' power play might be struggling recently, but their penalty kill has been quite something.
Since March 18th, the Blackhawks have allowed TWO power play goals in 24 games.— Madhouse Enforcer (@madhousenforcer) May 8, 2013
This whole Minnesota Wild goaltending situation has led to quite the humor on Twitter.
Apparently not everyone is finding it funny, however.
Gettin real tired of all this goaltender drama.. #mnwild— David Puente (@dpuente7) May 8, 2013
Johnny Oduya goes to the box for cross checking.
Wild, needless to say, need a goal.
This just in: Darcy Kuemper is in net now for the Minnesota Wild.
Talk about trial by fire.
Start of the second period here in Minnesota.
The Wild need a goal here to get back in this one and give the crowd a reason to get even more back into this game.
Corey Crawford wasn't completely left out to dry in the first period by his team. The Blackhawks had 10 blocked shots as a team in the first period.
If this continues into the second period with he Wild's puck possession, Minnesota should be in excellent position to tie or take the lead in the second period.
Although the Wild lead the shots battle after one period (7-6), they had four giveaways and one of those led to the Blackhawks taking advantage on that Patrick Sharp goal.
The Wild goaltender, Josh Harding, had his leg pushed awkwardly into the goalpost when Jonathan Toews drove the net, late in the first period.
This injury led to some amusing speculation on Twitter.
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