RW Patrick Kane netted a power-play goal in the first period to lead Chicago to a 1-0 shutout victory in Game 3 of the series, Tuesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,349 at Xcel Energy Center. G Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves. The two teams will meet again in Saint Paul for Game 4 Thursday at 8:30 p.m. CT on NBCSN and KFAN 100.3 FM. FOX Sports North will have one-hour pre- and post-game coverage.
The Wild moves to a 5-5 record in Game 3 all-time, losing its first Game 3 since a 2-1 loss vs. Anaheim in 2007’s first round. Minnesota was shutout in a playoff contest for the first time since a Game 4, 3-0 loss vs. Chicago in the first round (5/7/13).
D Ryan Suter tallied five blocked shots, tying his second-most in a career playoff game. He also skated 29:01 tonight and has led every Wild player in TOI in 26-of-27 (96.3%) playoff games during his last three postseasons, and opponents in 20-of-27 (74.1%). He led all NHL players in TOI/game each of the last three seasons since joining Minnesota.
G Devan Dubnyk stopped 21-of-22 shots, moving to a 4-5 playoff record with a 2.45 GAA, a .911 SV%, one shutout and one assist in nine playoff games.
C Ryan Carter made his 2015 playoff debut. He has 12 points (7-5=12) in 44 career playoff games. RW Chris Stewart missed the game with an upper-body injury.
RW Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks. G Corey Crawford made 30 saves for Chicago.