LW Jason Zucker scored 2:15 into overtime as Minnesota earned a 3-2 overtime win in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series. LW Zach Parise and LW Pierre-Marc Bouchard also scored for the Wild and G Josh Harding made 25 saves to earn his first playoff win. Minnesota hosts Game 4 at Xcel Energy Center Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM (local) and NBC Sports Network (national).
Xcel Energy Center hosted its first Stanley Cup playoff game since April 17, 2008 and earned its first win since April 11, 2008. A sellout crowd of 19,238watched the victory. Minnesota posted sellouts in 22of its 24 home games during the regular season with a franchise-record average attendance of 18,794.
Minnesota played in its 10th overtime playoff game in franchise history. The Wild moved to 5-5 in the extra session. Chicago earned a 2-1 overtime victory in Chicago Tuesday.
The Wild outshot Chicago, 37-27. Minnesota’s 15 shots in the first period were two shy of the team record for most shots in a playoff period (17, 4/17/08 vs. COL). The Blackhawks were outshot by 10-plus shots just twice during the regular season. Minnesota also outhit the Blackhawks, 34-13.
LW Jason Zucker registered his first playoff goal in overtime. He now has two points (1-1=2) in three playoff games during his rookie season.
LW Zach Parise scored to record and his first point of the series. He now has 22 career goals and 44 points in 64 career playoff games. His teams moved to 13-6-0 when he scores a goal in the playoffs.
LW Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored a goal for his first point of the series before assisting on the overtime winner. With his fourth career playoff goal, he tied Pascal Dupuis for fifth on the Wild’s all-time playoff charts. He also moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Wild’s franchise charts by skating in his 18th playoff game.
LW Matt Cullen netted an assist on the overtime winner, and now leads Minnesota with three points (0-3=3) in three playoff games.
RW Charlie Coyle posted his second assist in as many games. The 21-year-old rookie skated in his third career playoff game.
C Kyle Brodziak tallied his first playoff point with an assist on Bouchard’s goal. The 28-year-old played in his third playoff game during his first career playoff series.
RW Cal Clutterbuck recorded his second point of the series, an assist, in his third game. He also registered eight hits. He scored in his first career playoff game Tuesday.
G Josh Harding made 25 saves to earn his first playoff win in his first playoff game in Saint Paul, his fourth career playoff game and third start.
C Mikko Koivu went 15-for-20 in the faceoff circle, tying a franchise playoff high for most faceoff wins (Hendrickson, 4/25/03).
Prior to the game, Minnesota recalled forwards Jake Dowell, Mikael Granlund and Stephane Veilleux from Houston (AHL). Veilleux posted three hits and one shot in 7:57 TOI.