APWhen this game began, there were two big questions the Wild needed to answer. First, if you wear your third jerseys during a home playoff date, are they really your third jerseys? Second, could they avoid going down 3-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks?
I'd suggest no for the first question. (Come on, Minnesota. Just make it official already.) As for the second: yes, thanks to overtime hero Jason Zucker.
Zucker showed some quick hands, firing the short-angle shot over Corey Crawford's shoulder before the Blackhawks' netminder could get tight to the post.
This one nearly got away from the Wild. After taking a lead on Zach Parise's goal three minutes into the third, they fought to hold onto it through relentless Blackhawks pressure for the rest of the final frame.
They couldn't do it. Duncan Keith broke hearts in the Xcel Energy Center with just under three minutes remaining, blasting a slapper by Josh Harding.
Suddenly, Minnesota found themselves facing the tall task of doing something nobody had done all season: beat the Blackhawks in overtime. Not counting shootouts (which cease to exist in the postseason, mercifully), Chicago was 5-0 in games decided in the extra frame this season.
Jason Zucker had 3 overtime goals in 55 games with the Houston Aeros this season, one of which was scored in just five seconds of extra hockey. It would appear that the guy is good at that sort of thing, is what I'm saying.