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Discuss: Zucker’s OT winner gives Wild 3-2 win

May 5, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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It looks like Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo’s optimism that their first-round series wasn’t over after going down 2-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks was justified … at least for one game. Jason Zucker scored early into OT to beat the Blackhawks 3-2, bringing Minnesota back into the series with Chicago’s lead shrinking to 2-1.

Let’s talk it up.

  • The Wild didn’t just win, they out-shot and generally out-played the Blackhawks at times. Could they give Chicago a serious scare?
  • Zach Parise scored his first playoff goal as a Wild forward to make it 2-1. Beyond being limited to a point in three games, how would you rate his game?
  • Is there any concern that the Blackhawks might be taking Minnesota too lightly? Two of this series’ three games have gone to OT.
  • Then again, maybe this is just the way things go for Chicago. The team’s Twitter feed points out that nine of the Blackhawks’ last 11 playoff games have gone beyond the third period.
  • Corey Crawford had a strong game, but with Ray Emery approaching full health, is there any logic to a goaltending change?
  • Some might be surprised that the Wild even avoided a sweep. So much for that.
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  1. mp1131211 - May 5, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I’ve been saying it for a while now. Play Zucker. A lot. Wild played good but can still play better.

    • letsgopens8771 - May 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Absolutely. Zucker has been playing really well and I think the Wild should try to get him a full-time roster spot.

  2. thehighcountrybear - May 5, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Righteous!

  3. capsfan19 - May 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Didnt get to watch it but the wild giving blackhawks a scare would be sweet.

  4. buckeye044 - May 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Stalberg gave very little effort on that play

  5. jessejames182 - May 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    looks like 96 million buys you one goal every three games….

    • radio854321 - May 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      How long r you going to ride that crap….?…worth every penny…even the rookies…

      • radio854321 - May 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        and the AHL call ups

    • gooterbaby - May 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      63 million has bought you one from Hossa…what a discount. How is that Toews line doing against the Koivu line 5 v 5? Pointless you say?…

    • prideonice - May 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      I think pretty much everyone is bored with reading this comment after every single Wild article all season….see if you can’t find some new material, please?

  6. 950003cups - May 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    It was $98 million

    • williplett - May 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      And whenever you complain about him he scores and the team wins, cuppsy. So, whine some more! He doesn’t have a hat trick yet this season and it would be great if the series went back to Chicago tied.

  7. hammerhead5573 - May 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Would love to see all these people who are now posting since the Wild win today. Where are you when the hawks won the first two. The wild played like they weredown 2 games and the hawks did not match that level. If anyone thought the hawks would win 16 straight, umm this is the playoffs where everything goes out the window. Hawks still win this series but it was never going to be easy.

  8. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 5, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    If I recall all the Wild fans were posting after games 1 and 2. On the other hand, I don’t see nearly as many ‘Hawks fans around here. If only could that could be said about the Parise/Suter trolls/cry babies.

  9. helladonks - May 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Good game. I WANT to see the Wild succeed, for some reason.

  10. dt58 - May 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Hawks fan. Thought it was a good game. Wild out worked and out skated the Hawks for stretches on end. Seemed to be a little more hungry. Hawks did look great in the 3rd but definitely not a complete game for them

  11. blackhawksdynasty - May 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Agreed. Wild came out like they had to win….which they did. They played a strong 60+ minutes. Nobody said this would be an easy series. As we’ve seen all around the league – every series is tough. That being said, I expect the Hawks to come out with a lot more effort Tuesday. It’ll be 3-1 going back to Chicago, & they won’t see hockey again in Minny until next year.

  12. ibieiniid - May 5, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    ima go the middle school route and say “TOLD YOU HALFORD.”

  13. comeonnowguys - May 5, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Sorry, rare nice day in the Midwest. 2 p.m. start cuts into yardwork. Meh, who am I kidding? I went down to my parents’ basement, cranked the Coldplay and wrote two more Twilight fanfics.

    Here’s the thing: This was the Wild’s best game–by far–and it still went to overtime. Hats off to them for not waiting until 3-0 to come out ornery, but at this point it’s a coup if it goes 6.

    Also, Suter trolls need quit while they’re behind.

  14. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    All out if lucky bounces Hawks..?

    Time for the Hawks to stop impersonating the 2011 Canucks…man up Toews, Kane, Hossa, put the cheap shot chicken girl stick work away and play the man’s game!

    Don’t get me wrong, there’s something about women in hockey gear that gives me a chubby…

    On a men’s team, not so chubby…more suited for the likes of the hammerhead pimp I would imagine?!

    • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Oh, there you are. I was wondering if there was an internet outage in the high country for the first two games of the series.

    • jrhawk - May 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      You really never have anything intelligent to say, do you?

    • prideonice - May 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      It’s kind of funny…usually he is trolling the Wild. I guess the Blackhawks also denied his request for a tryout. Sad little troll….

  15. joeyg88 - May 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    to bad Corey Crawford can’t hug a post. wtf was that? bad angle shot and Corey lets in another softy

  16. mrbizplan - May 6, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Give it up for Matt Cullen on the assist. Tripped off the puck and what does he do? Hooks it past Oduya’s feet to get any angle (small as it may be) to put away the game winner.

    That guy is seriously a workhorse. He forechecks like Parise, it quick on the boards and NEVER quits the puck. He is a difference maker and doesn’t get enough credit.

  17. boatinb - May 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    At least the Wild didn’t fire scud missiles at the hawks Calder prized rookie. Unlike game 2 when the hawks blatantly targeted a 19 year old 165 lb rookie named Brodin. I used to admire the Hawks until that game. I know players are all “fair game”, but it still looked low brow to me.

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