Chicago RW Patrick Sharp posted two goals and G Corey Crawford posted a 25-save shutout to lead Chicago to a 3-0 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series versus Minnesota Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center.
Wild G Darcy Kuemper
made 16 saves in his first playoff game, after relieving G Josh Harding
in net to start the second period. The series heads back to Chicago, as the Blackhawks host Game 5 Thursday at 8:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM (local) and NBC Sports Network (national).
A sellout crowd of 19,378 watched the game – the third-largest Wild playoff crowd and fourth-largest crowd in team history. Minnesota posted sellouts in 22 of its 24 home games during the regular season with a franchise-record average attendance of 18,794.
G Darcy Kuemper saw the first Stanley Cup playoff action of his career after relieving G Josh Harding in net to start the second period. Kuemper made 16 saves, after Harding stopped 5-of-6 shots in one period.
C Matt Cullen won 14-of-21 faceoffs, setting a new career high for faceoff wins in a single playoff game (13, 2x, last 5/14/09).
Minnesota posted a 25-24 shot advantage, which included 26 blocked shots by the Blackhawks.
The Wild outhit the Blackhawks, 20-10. Minnesota leads the series in hits, 133-98.
Chicago RW Patrick Sharp posted two goals for the sixth time in his postseason career. He leads the series with four goals.
Chicago G Corey Crawford posted a 25-save shutout, the second playoff shutout of his career.
RW Jason Pominville returned to the Wild lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury. He posted three shots in 12:12 TOI.
Minnesota has posted a record of 6-3 in Games 5-7 in franchise history, including rallying from 3-1 series deficits to claim Game 7 wins in both of its franchise playoff series wins.