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May 9, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild Reuters

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Minnesota Wild hosting the Chicago Blackhawks starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• In Game 3, the Wild ended the Blackhawks’ six-game win streak with a four-goal outburst in the third period. The four goals were the most they had scored in a postseason period since May 5, 2003, when they scored five times in the second period of Game 5 vs. Vancouver, and were the most ever scored in a period in a home playoff game. This series, the Wild have scored all seven of their goals in the third period.

• The Blackhawks fell to 0-9 in the first road game of their last nine playoff series. (Their last win in a road opener was in Game 1 of the 2010 Western Conference Final vs. San Jose, a series they went on to sweep.) They are 10-5 in all other road games in the previous eight series. One of those wins came in Minnesota in Game 4 of the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals, a 3-0 shutout of the Wild.

• With the Canadiens’ OT loss last night, the Blackhawks (5-0) and Wild (4-0) remain the only teams with perfect records at home this postseason. Minnesota has outscored Colorado (in three games) and Chicago (in Game 3) by a combined 12-3 on home ice, getting goals from seven different players: Mikael Granlund (4), Zach Parise (3), Jason Pominville, Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula, Jared Spurgeon and Marco Scandella.

• Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves in Game 3 to record his first postseason shutout since posting three in a row for Anaheim from May 3-7, 2006 (36 postseason starts ago). It was the second postseason shutout in franchise history, after Darcy Kuemper blanked Colorado in Game 3 of their first round series. Since 2007, only two other teams have gotten shutouts from two different goalies in one postseason: Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher for Philadelphia in 2010 and Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun for Pittsburgh in 2013. Elias Sports Bureau

• The Blackhawks were held to 22 or fewer shots on goal in only two of 82 games during the 2013-14 regular season (second fewest in the NHL, after Ottawa – one). However, after being held to 19 shots on goal in Game 3, the Hawks have been held to fewer than 22 shots in all three games vs. the Wild. Four of Chicago’s five lows in shots this season (including the playoffs) have come against Minnesota.

Chicago shots on goal Opponent Date Result
19 at Minnesota Dec. 5 lost 4-3
19 at Minnesota May 6 (Game 3) lost 4-0
20 at Montreal Jan. 11 lost 2-1 (OT)
22 vs. Minnesota May 2 (Game 1) won 5-2
22 vs. Minnesota May 4 (Game 2) won 4-1

• The Blackhawks, third among all playoff teams in goals/game (3.22), are one of only two teams with five or more players with eight or more points each this postseason. (Pittsburgh has six.) None of the five Hawks have more than nine points: Jonathan Toews (4-5–9), Brent Seabrook (2-7–9), Marian Hossa (2-6–8), Patrick Kane (5-3–8) and Bryan Bickell (5-3–8).

• Wild winger Matt Cooke will return to the lineup after serving a seven-game suspension for his knee-on-knee hit on Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3 of Round One. (Minnesota went 4-3 in those games.) Cooke, who has never met Chicago in a playoff game in his 15-year NHL career, scored two goals and registered six hits in three games vs. the Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center this season.

• Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who has been unable to talk since taking a Jonas Brodin shot to the throat in Game 2, leads the playoffs with 34 blocked shots in nine games, including four or more in five of them. Hjalmarsson had 42 blocked shots in all of the 2013 postseason (23 games).

  1. luvmnsports2012 - May 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Huge game for the Wild! We need to take this to Chicago tied up at 2 apiece if we want any shot at beating these boys in the series! I hope the Wild can get a goal or two in the first and play stellar D and Bryz stays hot after the shutout!! Let’s not make this the Wilds last home game this season! Maybe Koivu can get it going for us! We need this. GO WILD!!!

    • purpleguy - May 9, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      It would be nice to actually score a goal in the 1st or 2nd period for a change. I bet the Hawks come out hard to start this game — hope the Wild do the same.

  2. davebabychreturns - May 9, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    I see Brough got a demotion to “NHL on NBC Research Team.”

    Ouch!

  3. credible316 - May 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Gut check time boys, let’s make it a series!

    GO WILD!!!

  4. parasolmonster - May 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    The Hawks need to come out with intensity, and firing. Instead of changing their game and trying to slow things down and take the crowd out of it, do what you do best – overwhelm with skill while still playing solid, no-leak defense. Edzo was concerned on the radio before Game 3, saying the Hawks still needed to play their A-game and for the duration, not just during spurts or when they fall behind. Tonight is when they need to establish themselves and embrace 3-1 over 2-2.

    • clarke16 - May 9, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      …it’s a valid dream…

  5. r8rbhawk - May 9, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Only 9 more hours till puck drop, geez this day is dragging… Let’s go Hawks! Win this game and you shouldn’t have to return to the X until next season.

  6. muckleflugga - May 9, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    get your pillow and a warm blanket: blackhawks at wild

  7. clarke16 - May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    • The Blackhawks were held to 22 or fewer shots on goal in only two of 82 games during the 2013-14 regular season (second fewest in the NHL, after Ottawa – one). However, after being held to 19 shots on goal in Game 3, the Hawks have been held to fewer than 22 shots in all three games vs. the Wild. Four of Chicago’s five lows in shots this season (including the playoffs) have come against Minnesota.

    Chicago shots on goal Opponent Date Result
    19 at Minnesota Dec. 5 lost 4-3
    19 at Minnesota May 6 (Game 3) lost 4-0
    20 at Montreal Jan. 11 lost 2-1 (OT)
    22 vs. Minnesota May 2 (Game 1) won 5-2
    22 vs. Minnesota May 4 (Game 2) won 4-1

    That’s amazing how often the Hawks choose to just *take the night off* when they’re playing the Wild, eh? ;)

    Add tonight to the list… A Wild win tonight means the Hawks psychologically lose control of this series…

    • comeonnowguys - May 9, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      That’s amazing how Minnesotans cling to a statistic that still leaves them down two playoff games to one in its sample size.

      • tved12 - May 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Dude, it’s a full season series worth of data. That’s not a sample size pal. Saying it still leaves us down 2-1 doesn’t validate your point.

      • comeonnowguys - May 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Hang your hat on it all you want, but if the Hawks win tonight and they only get credit for 22 shots on goal… what does that get you?

      • tved12 - May 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        Again, you’re missing the whole point comeonnow. The point Clarke is making is that Hawks fans said, “They took the night off.” He’s showing you that if, “taking the night off” means less shots, then they seem to take a lot of “nights off” against the Wild.

        I’m pointing out that the point you are making is not relevant to this conversation. Wild fans are encouraged that their team is playing a good game against the Hawks. If we were giving up 30 shots per game the series would be 3-0. Games one and two wouldn’t have been close games into the last 5 minutes.

        So yes we’re down 2-1 in the series, but we’ve done it being competitive and building confidence. Of course you as a Hawks fan wouldn’t care if you had 1 shot a game if you were winning. But as Wild fans we’re pointing out that your team didn’t simply, “take the night off” as you’d like us to believe. Stats don’t lie, see clarke’s comment above for reference.

      • comeonnowguys - May 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        Apparently I fail at reply today. Take a look below. I’m not trying to hide a la muckle.

      • clarke16 - May 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Come on now guy– You can’t really be this obtuse, can you? :)

      • comeonnowguys - May 9, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        Now just because I am not buying what you are selling doesn’t mean I’m obtuse.

        I am just glad the puck is about to drop. Would rather watch Em than talk about em.

      • clarke16 - May 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        No–you’re clearly obtuse…but I enjoy it…

        Yet again Hawks held to under 22 shots… Reeks of a team who has no answers to me…

      • comeonnowguys - May 10, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        The same advanced stats that indicated Colorado was ripe for an upset are not in your favor. At least they weren’t before tonight. Haven’t checked yet.

        But yeah, I’m obtuse. You project waaaaaay too much of yourself onto others.

  8. comeonnowguys - May 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I don’t think they took a night off, but please pay attention:

    Taking the night off doesn’t mean less shots.

    Total Shots on Goal is not the be all, end all of stats. What, are you going to tell me that a team had a better game because they out-hit the other team?

    The thing that gets constantly overlooked is that the Hawks pace in the first two games were markedly different than game 3. It’s undeniable. And in those first two games, they had a comfortable control of the pace, and they only got 22 shots on goal.

    Now, in game 3, their pace was much, much slower they only got credit for three fewer shots than the first two games, and yet they lost by 3 goals. Yes, yes, yes, the Wild’s playstyle created some of that. But it shouldn’t be that difficult to see that the Hawks themselves took their foot off the gas and played a slower game. Guess what? That played right into what the Wild does best, and what happened should have happened.

    Not “took a night off,” Took their foot off the gas. Intentionally played a slower-tempo game. (Why? I don’t know.) There is a difference. They didn’t take a night off against St. Louis, but they certainly let up–especially in game 1–and lost. Like you should in the playoffs when you do that.

    Let’s put it another way. It’s like they played the entire game under score effects.

    You know what other stats don’t lie? Corsi and Fenwick. That says you aren’t doing as well this series at you did last. Should I get six different Blackhawk posters to incessantly parrot that?

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