G Ilya Bryzgalov earned a 19-save shutout and the Wild scored four, third-period goals en route to a 4-0 win in Game 3 Tuesday night in Saint Paul. Minnesota earned the win in front of 19,416 fans – the highest attendance to ever watch a Wild game at Xcel Energy Center. C Mikael Granlund scored twice, while C Erik Haula and LW Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota. Wild hosts Game 4 against Chicago Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT at Xcel Energy Center on NBC Sports Network nationally and on TSN and RDS in Canada.
The Wild returned to St. Paul, winning its fourth straight home playoff game and fifth win in its last six postseason games in St. Paul. During its first-round series with Colorado, Minnesota earned victories in all three home games, the first time the Wild has ever earned more than one victory on home ice in a single series.
Minnesota moved to an all-time record of 4-4 in the third contest of a series, having won four straight Game 3’s (the prior three all in overtime). Mikael Granlund scored the overtime winner in a 1-0 Game 3 victory during the Wild’s first win over Colorado in the first round. Jason Zucker scored the overtime winner in Game 3 of Round 1 last spring versus Chicago at Xcel Energy Center.
Since 2003, Blackhawks have been held to 22 or fewer shots in playoff game seven times – three of those seven times coming in this series.
LW Zach Parise scored Minnesota’s first-ever power-play goal against Chicago in a playoff game. He had two points on the night (1-1=2), his 14th career multi-point playoff game and third this postseason. He leads the Wild and ranks second in the NHL with 13 points this postseason (4-9=13).
C Erik Haula opened the game’s scoring to stretch his first career point streak to three games with a goal 1:41 into the third period (1-2=3), adding two blocked shots and 5-of-9 (55.6%) wins in the faceoff circle. He has four points (1-3=4) in the last five games and five points (2-3=5) during his first career NHL postseason.
C Mikael Granlund scored two goals, including an empty-net tally to earn his first NHL two-goal game (regular or post-season) and first points this series. He added three hits in the win. He has four goals and seven points in his first NHL postseason. He scored the overtime game-winner in a 1-0 Game 3 victory during the Wild’s first-round series vs. Colorado.
RW Jason Pominville tallied the primary assist on Granlund’s goal, moving into second place on the Wild with seven points this postseason (1-6=7), including two helpers this series.
RW Justin Fontaine earned the primary assist on Haula’s goal to earn his first career playoff point. The rookie has now played in six games this postseason.
LW Matt Moulson assisted on Haula’s goal. It was his first point of the series and third point this postseason (1-2=3).
D Keith Ballard returned to the lineup, skating in his first playoff contest in a Wild uniform. It was his first game since suffering a lower-body injury March 17 at Boston. He has an assist through 15 career playoff games between Vancouver and Minnesota.
G Ilya Bryzgalov started his third straight playoff game with Minnesota, stopping all 19 shots faced to earn his fourth playoff shutout – his first since May 7, 2006 vs. COL. The shutout marks the second in a playoff game in Wild history (Kuemper earned the first in Game 3 of the Colorado series this postseason).
G Corey Crawford made 14 saves.