Announcers always talk about a fast-moving period, and this period wasn’t just an announcer saying it was really fast. The period didn’t have a single whistle in the final 6 minutes. The Hawks gave up a goal early on to Matt Cooke and the rest of the period went by in a blink. Patrick Sharp had the best chance of the period for the Hawks on a breakaway but got hooked at the last second and couldn’t lift the puck and Josh Harding barely got his pad on the shot. Joakim Nordstrom looked very shaky in the first period with a few bad turnovers while Brandon Bollig was on the ice a whole lot more than anyone is use to seeing him. 1-0 after 1 period with the Hawks needing to find some offense very quickly with their make shift lines.
The second period was for the most part a replay of the first period. The Wild controlled the better part of the period and at one time were up 7 to 1 on shots. The Wild scored a powerplay goal when Danny Heatly was hit by a shot in the slot and Zach Parise swatted the puck in behind Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks offense was not clicking very well at all, but in the final minute of the period Patrick Kane shot one towards Josh Harding but it was deflected right to Jeremy Morin who was in the right place to score and cut the lead in half. The Hawks haven’t played their best hockey, but hopefully the last-minute goal will give them momentum for the third period.
Momentum was on the Hawks side at the start of the third period when Brandon Saad made a steal and then buried one past Harding to tie the game in exactly 1 minute of game time from Morin’s goal. The Hawks got a powerplay later in the period which was pretty brutal, but in the final seconds of the man advantage Marian Hossa scored on a great shot to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead. The lead seemed to be very safe until Brent Seabrook took a penalty with 6:10 left in the third period. The Wild’s Jonas Brodin tied it up right away with the extra skater. The two teams looked to be on their way to overtime, but with 1:43 left in the third the Wild scored for the final tally after Kris Versteeg couldn’t clear the zone.
The Hawks almost pulled one out with a makeshift lineup, but in the end mistakes in their own end cost the Hawks at least one point on the road this night.
They get back in the saddle again tomorrow night when the Anaheim Ducks come to Chicago.
What were your thoughts on tonights loss?