Minnesota rookie Jason Zucker tallied just a little over two-minutes into the overtime period to lift the Wild to a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks in Game Three of their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals. The victory pulled Minnesota to within a game, as Chicago still leads the set two-games-to-one. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Zach Parise scored in regulation for Minnesota, which hosts Game Four tomorrow in St. Paul. Josh Harding stopped 25 shots in the win. Duncan Keith scored with under three minutes in the third period to tie the game, and Johnny Oduya also lit the lamp for Chicago. Corey Crawford posted 34 saves in defeat.
The Wild recalled forwards Jake Dowell, Mikael Granlund and Stephane Veilleux from Houston of the AHL before yesterday’s game against the Blackhawks. Veilleux was the only one of the three to play in the contest. The trio became available after Houston’s season ended on Saturday.
Here is the best-of-seven series schedule and results for the NHL Quarterfinal matchup between Minnesota and Chicago:
Tuesday (4/30): Chicago 2, Minnesota 1 (overtime-final; CHI leads series 1-0),
Friday (5/3): Chicago 5, Minnesota 2 (CHI leads series 2-0),
Sunday (5/5): Minnesota 3, Chicago 2 (overtime-final; CHI leads series 2-1),
Tuesday (5/7): Blackhawks at Wild, 8:30pm,
Thursday (5/9): Wild at Blackhawks, if necessary, TBA,
Saturday (5/11): Blackhawks at Wild, if necessary, TBA,
Sunday (5/12): Wild at Blackhawks, if necessary, TBA.