After failing to exhibit much competition in the first two games of the series, the Minnesota Wild rebounded to take Game 3 at home Tuesday night, 4-0.
Ilya Bryzgalov earned his fourth career postseason shutout to move the Wild within one game of tying the series. Minnesota bowed out to the Blackhawks in five games in 2013 but is determined to deny history from repeating itself.
After last season’s defeat, there may be a better understanding as to what it’s up against. Minnesota won the regular-season series over the Blackhawks, going 3-1-1 in five meetings.
Heading into Game 4 there are still some concerns on the minds of Wild faithful. Yes, it dispatched the top-seeded Colorado Avalanche in seven games, but Chicago is a different animal.
The defending champs have lost the first road game in each of their last nine playoff series but are sure to rebound after a disappointing Game 3.
The Wild have home-ice advantage in Game 4 and a golden opportunity to even the series. There is still plenty of hockey left, as well as an ample amount of factors the Wild need to attend to.