Wild vs. Blackhawks Game 3 Update: Chicago, Minnesota tied heading to third period

Hannah Foslien

Trailing 2-0 in the series and tied 1-1 in Game 3, the Wild are pressing for a go-ahead goal.

After exchanging goals in the first period, the offense stalled for the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of Game 3 in their Western Conference Quarterfinal series. They head to the second intermission tied at 1-1.

Facing the prospect of a 3-0 series deficit if they lose, the Wild are making a push though. They are outshooting the Hawks 28-17 through two periods.

With no goals in the second period, discussions on Twitter turned to the Blackhawks' decision to have center Michal Handzus in between offensive talents Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane:

Or as SB Nation's Sharks blog Fear the Fin put it:

Handzus was traded from the Sharks to Chicago at this season's trade deadline, so Sharks observers have strong opinions about the 36-year-old center, who has played 950 NHL regular season games.

Handzus won just three of his 12 faceoffs through two periods and was on the ice for the Wild's lone goal by Pierre-Marc Bouchard:

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Can the Wild take advantage and continue their pressing to get a go-ahead goal in the third period? They'll need to in order to avoid a daunting 3-0 series deficit.

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