Minnesota played with heavy hearts for their teammate Zach after J.P. Parise passed away Wednesday night. They wanted to display a good effort after being lambasted by the head coach in practice on Wednesday. And they did.
In the second period, the Wild got the better of the play. Out-shooting the Hawks 19-5 in the period, there were times that the Wild hemmed the Blackhawks in their defensive zone for long, extended chunks of game time. The Wild got on the board after Pominville found Zucker in a soft spot in the slot. Zucker was then able to crank one over the glove of Crawford to bring the score within one.
Then with Backstrom off for the extra-attacker, Bickell gathered a bouncing puck at neutral ice and deposited it into the empty net. Game over.
Wild lost 4-2 at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks.