Former Gopher Erik Haula netted the game winner on Tuesday night as the Minnesota Wild blanked Chicago 4-0 in Game Three of the second round series at Xcel Energy Center.
Check out the Pori, Finland native's goal that snapped a scoreless tie and ignited a four-goal third period for the Wild.
Haula, making a playoff run with Minnesota in his rookie season with the squad, has been one of the team's standouts in both this series with the Blackhawks and the first round series with Colorado that went to seven games. The forward now has five points (two goals, three assists) while playing in all 10 playoff games for the Wild. He had 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 46 regular-season games for Minnesota this year.
Down 2-1 in the series, the Wild are back at it on Friday night (8:30 p.m. CT) at Xcel Energy Center. The NBC Sports Network will broadcast Game Four of the series.
Erik Haula Press Report
NHL: Haula continues to play huge role for Wild (Dan Meyers)
Star Tribune: Speedy Haula cashes in on second chance (Chip Scoggins)
Pioneer Press: Haula continues to shine (Andy Greder)
Vanek Helps Habs to 2-1 Series Lead
Meanwhile, Thomas Vanek continues to contribute regularly for Montreal in its second round series with Boston. The Canadiens went up 2-1 in the series with a 4-2 win over the Bruins while Vanek added the primary assist in the game's opening goal. The Austrian now has six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games for Montreal.
Montreal and Boston meet for Game Four on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network.
Only one Stanley Cup playoff game on the docket for Wednesday -- Paul Martin and the Penguins looks to increase their 2-1 series lead in Game Four with the Rangers tonight. Game time is 6:30 p.m. CT on the NBC Sports Network.