The Minnesota Wild aren't facing elimination Sunday, but a loss would mean one of those borderline insurmountable 3-0 series deficits. They let the Chicago Blackhawks strike first in Game 3 on Johnny Oduya's wrist shot, but Pierre-Marc Bouchard tied it with some relentless effort and a nice backhand just minutes before the end of the first period.
After Bouchard's goal, the Wild continued pressing the Hawks for the final 90 seconds of the period and looked like they might get another, but Corey Crawford shut the door.
The teams entered the first intermission tied at 1-1.
The Wild outshot the Blackhawks 15-9 in the period, Bouchard and Devin Setoguchi leading the way with three shots each. Given the series deficit the Wild are facing, look for them to continue to give their best, most desperate effort to get back into the series in front of their home fans.