Wild outmuscle Blackhawks for game three win
The 21-year-old rookie fired a wrist from a sharp angle at the 2:15 mark of overtime past Corey Crawford for his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal.
Yeo wanted his team to be more physical and aggressive on the Blackhawks. He got it in game three.
The Wild out hit the Blackhawks 34-13 while controlling the play and dominating a majority of the game.
"We took what we learned from game two and we were able to bring it tonight," Yeo said.
That physical pressure created two of the Wild's goals, including the game-winner.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard got the Wild on the board late in the first period with a backhand shot over Crawford's glove to tie the game. He later assisted on the game-winning goal.
Zach Parise scored an identical goal to give the Wild its first lead of the game early in the third period off a pass from Charlie Coyle.
Parise followed Bouchard's blue print and may have found the way the Wild need to beat the Blackhawks goaltender.
"I just wanted to go upstairs," he said about his goal. "I've done enough trying to get it through him on ice."
The Blackhawks (2-1) got on the board first at the 13:26 mark of the first period when Johnny Oduya ripped a shot past Josh Harding.
Duncan Keith tied the game with three minutes and 46 seconds remaining in the third period while the Wild seemed to let off the gas and try to defend. The move nearly backfired, if not for Zucker's winner.
"It's almost nature," Parise said. "When you do have that lead late in the game, you never want to get caught two guys low, three guys low. I think we almost did get a little too passive. Maybe there is something we can change, but you kind of go into protect the lead mode and I think we did a little bit of that tonight."
The Wild (1-2) overcame a pair of Blackhawks that could sent the team spiraling.
"That's what you have to deal with," Yeo said. "There's ups and downs throughout the course of a game and the same thing through a series. You have to be able to push that aside. Probably going in for a break (right before overtime) probably helped us a little bit to reset and realize we've don a lot of good things in this game."
The Xcel Energy Center was rocking before the game started, especially when Jack Jablonski wheeled to center ice as the game's flag bearer.
The Wild look to even the series Tuesday at home.
No. 3 – Pierre-Marc Bouchard. The Wild forward recorded a goal and an assist.
No. 2 – Zach Parise. The Wild forward scored a goal.
No. 1 – Jason Zucker. The Wild forward scored the game-winning goal.
Chicago……..1 0 1 0 – 2
Minnesota…..1 0 1 1 – 3
First Period – 1, Chicago, Oduya 1 (Kane, Hossa), 13:26. 2, Minnesota, Bouchard 1 (Clutterbuck, Brodziak), 18:30 Penalties – Stalberg, Chi (tripping), 10:27.
Second Period – None. Penalties – Falk, Min (roughing), 2:52; Brodziak, Min (high sticking), 9:01; Toews, Chi (holding), 10:27; Oduya, Chi (high sticking; served by Stalberg), 17:35; Oduya, Chi (roughing), 17:35; Clutterbuck, Min (roughing), 17:35.
Third Period – 3, Minnesota, Parise 1 (Coyle), 3:09. 4, Chicago, Keith 1 (Kane, Sharp), 17:14 Penalties – None.
Overtime – 5, Minnesota, Zucker 1 (Cullen, Bouchard), 2:15. Penalties – None.
Shots on goal – Chicago 9-8-8-2 27. Minnesota 15-14-7-1 37.
Goalies – Chicago, Crawford (34-37). Minnesota, Harding (25-27). A – 19,238. Referees – Tom Kowal, Brad Watson. Linesmen – Mark Wheler, Steve Miller.