ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matching the Chicago Blackhawks is a tough task, and the Minnesota Wild weren’t going to catch up without more presence and production from their top forwards.
After a couple of quiet games and two sluggish periods, Mikael Granlund, Zach Parise and the rest of the Wild’s skill-position players came to life.
Granlund scored twice, Parise had a goal and an assist, and Erik Haula jump-started the Wild by scoring early in the third period in a 4-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series.
“The big guys definitely came through tonight,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves for his first shutout in the playoffs in eight years, and the Blackhawks had their lead whittled to 2-1 with their first loss in 2
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