RW Patrick Kane used a bounce off the end boards to score 9:42 into overtime to lead Chicago to a 2-1 win and a 4-2 series victory in front of a sellout crowd of 19,396 fans Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center. C Erik Haula scored in regulation for the Wild while G Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves through overtime. Chicago advances to the Western Conference Finals.
The Wild moved to 9-6 all-time in elimination games, including 2-1 this postseason.
The Wild lost its first home playoff game this postseaon, snapping a five-game winning streak. Minnesota has won six in its last eight 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 7-8 all-time in playoff overtime, 4-4 at home. The Wild moved to 2-3 this season in overtime between the Colorado and Chicago series, including 1-1 at home (Granlund).
In six games at Xcel Energy Center this postseason, the Wild has limited its opponents to 123 shots, an average of 20.5 per game. The Wild has held Chicago to 22 or fewer shots in four of six games this series. Since 2003, the Blackhawks have played in 86 playoff games, and have been held to 22 or fewer shots in eight contests – including four this series. The Wild has allowed 24.0 shots against/game this postseason – the lowest average in the NHL.
Minnesota moves to an all-time record of 3-2 in its sixth game of a series, including 3-1 at Xcel Energy Center, where it has outscored opponents 14-7 in those four contests.
C Erik Haula scored the first goal for the Wild and has five points (3-2=5) in his last six games. He leads all NHL rookies in goals and is T-3rd in points (4-3=7).
LW Matt Cooke tallied the primary assist on Haula’s goal and registered three hits. He has three helpers in five games this postseason, including two in his last three games and ranks fourth on the team with 36 career playoff points (13-23=36) in 103 games.
D Clayton Stoner earned the second assist on Haula’s goal and has three points this postseason (1-2=3).
C Mikko Koivu played in his 29th playoff game, tying Marian Gaborik for the most all –time in Wild history.
G Ilya Bryzgalov started his sixth straight playoff game with Minnesota, stopping 21-of-22 shots through regulation and four-of-five in overtime.
Minnesota has outscored its opponents, 17-7, during six games on home ice this postseason, including 8-0 in the third period. The Wild has been outscored 28-18 in seven road games.
LW Kris Versteeg scored for Chicago during regulation as RW Patrick Kane scored the OT winner. G Corey Crawford made 34 saves through overtime.