ST. PAUL (AP) — Beating the Chicago Blackhawks usually requires a certain kind of performance: bruising, aggressive and unflappable.
That’s precisely what the Minnesota Wild produced, entertaining the fans at their first home playoff game in five years.
They had a little luck, too, when Jason Zucker blindly sent his bad-angle overtime shot toward the goal.
Zucker scored at 2:15 of the extra period to give the Wild a 3-2 victory on Sunday to pull within 2-1 in the Western Conference quarterfinal series.
“I don’t know if I even saw the net. I probably didn’t even look at the net,” said the rookie Zucker, who raced to the corner and jumped against the glass to celebrate. “I just tried shooting it, and it happened to go in for me.”
Pierre-Marc Bouchard had a goal for the Wild after Johnny Oduya scored for the Blackhawks late in the first period. Patrick Kane had two assists for the Blackhawks and has five in the series.
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