Minnesota scored three goals in an 8:09 span of the second period to erase a three-goal deficit, but Chicago earned the winner with less than one minute in the middle frame en route to a 4-3 victory in Game 1 of the series, Friday night in Chicago. Jason Zucker, Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund scored for Minnesota while Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves in the loss. The two teams will meet again Sunday in Chicago for Game 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT on NBCSN and KFAN 100.3 FM. FOX Sports North will have one-hour pre- and post-game coverage.
The Wild is now 2-8 in Game 1 of its 10 all-time playoff series (including five OT losses).
The Wild went 1-for-3 on the power play. The Wild entered the game leading the NHL in power-play percentage this postseason and has now scored five power-play markers in 15 opportunities (33.3%).
Zach Parise used a power-play goal and an assist to earn his 18th career multi-point playoff game – his third this postseason. With the goal for his first point of the night, the alternate captain became the Wild’s all-time playoff points leader, surpassing Marian Gaborik, who had 22 points (12-10=22) in 29 playoff games with the Wild. Parise now has 24 points (9-15=24) in 25 playoff games with the Wild and became the Wild’s all-time playoff assist leader in the first round. Parise leads the Wild with four goals, five assists and nine points in seven games this postseason. He also leads all Wild players with 67 points (30-37=67) in 86 career playoff games.
Thomas Vanek registered two assists – his first career multi-assist playoff game. He’s also had five multi-goal games in his playoff career. He now has 34 points (20-14=34) in 60 career playoff games, including four assists this postseason.
Mikael Granlund scored the Wild’s third goal of the game. He now ranks second on the Wild with six points (2-4=6) this postseason. He has 13 points (6-7=13) in 20 career playoff games with the Wild.
Jason Zucker scored the Wild’s first goal of the series. He scored the first goal of the series in the Wild’s first round vs. St. Louis. He now has three points (2-1=3) in seven games this postseason.
Mikko Koivu earned an assist on Parise’s power-play goal. Koivu now has four points (1-3=4) in seven games this postseason. The Wild captain has 17 points (7-10=17) in 36 career playoff games.
Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves in the loss. It marked his first loss with Minnesota when the Wild scores at least three goals. Minnesota entered the game 22-0-1 when scoring at least three goals with Dubnyk in net, including 3-0 this postseason.
Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger scored for the Blackhawks in the first period before Teuvo Teravainen scored with 59 seconds left in the second period to help Chicago reclaim the lead. Corey Crawford made 30 saves for Chicago.