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             === Wild nip Blackhawks in OT, trail 2-1 in series ===
 
 St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Jason Zucker's tally 2:15 into overtime lifted
 the  Minnesota Wild to  a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of
 this Western Conference quarterfinal.
 
 Zucker,  who  hit the crossbar in  a Game 1  overtime loss, fired a loose puck
 home  from  along the goal line  to the left of  the Chicago net for his first
 career  playoff marker.  Matt Cullen did most  of the work prior to the score,
 battling  a Blackhawks defender behind the cage and slipping the puck in front
 while falling to the ice.
 
 "(I  wanted to) jump  into the glass," Zucker said when asked what his initial
 reaction was following the end of the game.
 
 Pierre-Marc  Bouchard and Zach  Parise also lit the lamp for the Wild, who had
 lost the first two games on the road to kick off their first postseason series
 since  2008. Josh  Harding made  25  stops to  earn his  first career  playoff
 victory.
 
 Johnny  Oduya  and Duncan Keith scored  for the Blackhawks, while Patrick Kane
 assisted on both goals and Corey Crawford posted 34 saves in defeat.
 
 Game 4 remains in the Twin Cities on Tuesday.
 
 "They  played  like they had  to win, and we  didn't," said Chicago head coach
 Joel Quenneville.
 
 Oduya's  short-side wrister  from the left circle zipped past Harding and gave
 Chicago a 1-0 lead with 6:34 remaining in the first period.
 
 Bouchard  then potted a  rebound on the backhand from the left side to tie the
 score  with  90 seconds left  before intermission. It was  the lone shot of 15
 Minnesota chances that Crawford allowed to escape his grasp.
 
 "He  was a  very, very good player  tonight," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo of
 Bouchard."
 
 Neither  team clicked  despite  four combined  power-play  opportunities in  a
 scoreless second period. Harding came up with eight stops, but Crawford earned
 his keep with 14 saves.
 
 Parise's backhander settled high and inside the right post to give Minnesota a
 2-1  advantage  at 3:09 of  the third, and  the Blackhawks kept pressing until
 Keith overpowered Harding on a blast from the left circle with 2:46 to play.
 
 "I  think we  can be more physical,"  Keith said. "They were the hungrier team
 tonight and it showed in the result."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Sunday's  decision was  Minnesota's first  overtime  playoff win  since a  3-2
 decision  at Denver  in Game 3 of a Western quarterfinal against the Avalanche
 on  April 14,  2008 ...The Wild recalled forwards Jake Dowell, Mikael Granlund
 and  Stephane Veilleux  from Houston (AHL) prior to the contest ... Blackhawks
 goaltender  Ray Emery  and  forward Dave  Bolland continued  to  sit ...  Wild
 forward  Kyle  Brodziak's assist  on  Bouchard's  goal  was his  first  career
 postseason  point ...  Oduya's tally was his first postseason goal in his 27th
 career playoff appearance.
 
 
 
 
 
 05/05 20:07:50 ET