May 6, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella (6) hits Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp (10) during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks plan all day was to keep it simple in Minnesota and they did just that in the first period of the game. There were only 12 total shots on goal in the period with the Hawks leading the charge 7-5, but neither team had any great chances except for a Haula breakaway that Duncan Keith defended perfectly. The job in the first period was to keep the crowd out of the game and without scoring the Hawks couldn’t do any better job almost Nashville Predatorish by lulling everyone to sleep. No score at the end of one period.
Well, if you thought the game was boring in the first it didn’t change much in the second. The Hawks game plan worked to perfection minus not scoring any goals. Both teams had some decent chances with Jonathan Toews ringing one of the post. It was interesting to watch Hjalmarsson play with the strange collar and not being able to speak but I guess Quenneville never changing D-men like he does forwards pays off in this area. The pace started to pick up at the end of the period, but this looks like a game that Q wants to smother the pace.
The third period was one to forget. The Hawks gave up a goal to Haula on a nice saucer pass and that was it and the flood gates opened. Mikael Granlund scored on a beautiful goal to make it 2-0 and he threw in a empty net goal just for fun. Zach Parise got on the scoresheet when he scored on a very late powerplay. The final was 4-0 but it was closer than that and yet not even that close.
-This loss is on Joel Quenneville over coaching. Sitting Nick Leddy and Jeremy Morin made the offense slow and without pace
-Handzus will never get scratched for his PK work but he’s useless on even strength.
– Nordstrom may have a great career but he doesn’t bring much to the table.
-Game #4 is Friday Night.