Chicago 3, Minnesota 0

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 9:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 36-7-0-5 18-3-0-3 18-4-0-2 W1
Minnesota 26-19-1-2 14-8-0-2 12-11-1-0 L1


Blackhawks 3, Wild 0: Patrick Sharp scored twice and Corey Crawford made 25 saves for his second career playoff shutout as visiting Chicago took a commanding 3-1 lead in its Western Conference first-round series.

Crawford stopped seven shots in the first period, six in the second and 12 in the third for the top-seeded Blackhawks, who will try to end the series when they host Game 5 on Thursday. Bryan Bickell added his third tally of the postseason with 7:14 remaining in the contest.

Josh Harding, who has started every game of the series for eighth-seeded Minnesota with Niklas Backstrom injured, stopped five of six shots but left at the end of  the first period following a collision with Chicago captain Jonathan Toews. Rookie Darcy Kuemper allowed two goals on 18 shots in relief.

Sharp, who also scored two goals in Game 2, tipped in a shot by Michal Handzus while standing on the doorstep at 8:48 of the first period after Marian Hossa intercepted a pass by Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu. Toews toppled over Harding on a rush with just under five minutes remaining in the session, driving the netminder’s groin into the post.

Kuemper entered the game to start the second period and allowed a goal on the first shot he faced as Sharp intercepted an errant pass at Minnesota’s blue line and unleashed a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. Bickell’s shot from a sharp angle deflected off a Wild defender and over Kuemper to seal the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Crawford’s first postseason blanking was on April 21, 2011, when he stopped all 36 shots against the Vancouver Canucks. … Kuemper totaled 288 minutes over six games during the regular season. Harding struggled with complications treating his multiple sclerosis that kept him out for most of the season. … Wild D Ryan Suter was nominated for the Norris Trophy on Tuesday. Suter led all skaters with 30:23 of ice time, contributing two hits and two blocked shots.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   Minnesota
Patrick Sharp 2 Points N/A
Patrick Sharp 2 Goals N/A
Michal Handzus 1 Assists N/A
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Corey Crawford 1.000 Save Percentage Darcy Kuemper .889
Corey Crawford 25 Saves Darcy Kuemper 16

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 24 3 0-2 6-6 12 36
Minnesota 25 0 0-6 2-2 4 31

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play its next game on the road against Chicago. The Wild have a W/L % of .520 after a win and .545 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play its next game at home against Minnesota. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .778 after a win and .636 after a loss.
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