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.
Putting Handzus in between Kane & Sharp is Chicago's way of making things fair for the other team.— Corey Sznajder (@ShutdownLine) May 5, 2013
Or as SB Nation's Sharks blog Fear the Fin put it:
I just don't get playing Michal Handzus on the 2nd line when you've got a spare Marcus Kruger lying around.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) May 5, 2013
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:
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.