Blackhawks Push Wild to the Brink of Elimination with 1-0 Game 3 Victory
Only four teams have come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win a Stanley Cup playoff series. The Minnesota Wild may need a miracle to become the fifth.
Patrick Kane scored the lone goal of the game on the power play to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 1-0 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, and push the Wild to the brink of elimination.
The Wild dominated play at times and generated plenty of offensive chances, the best coming in the second period on a Mikael Granlund breakaway. But Chicago goalie Corey Crawford deflected the puck with his blocker. Later in the period, Jason Pominville shot wide on a point-blank attempt.
Crawford, who had been benched in the Blackhawks first round series, was stellar in stopping all 30 Minnesota shots.
The Wild seem to be at their best with their backs against the wall. In January, Minnesota's season appeared to be over when the trade for goalie Devan Dubnyk sparked an impressive turnaround. But they face a huge task, having to win four straight against a Chicago team that has won two Stanley Cup in the last five years and is playing their best hockey.
Last year, the Los Angeles Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit against the San Jose Sharks in the first round and went on to win the Cup. Anything is possible, right?