Rarely do we see the Chicago Blackhawks get out shot by any team, but the Minnesota Wild did more than just out-shoot the Hawks, they dominated them in that regard. The 31-20 shot advantage gave the Wild more than enough opportunities to tie the series at two games apiece.
The regular suspects beat the Hawks, as the Wild got major contributions from Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon, who have now both dominated the Hawks for the majority of the series. As I mentioned in my position-by-position preview, the Wild’s defense is better than the Hawks, and it’s being proved on both sides of the puck.
Fans should be wary, as the Wild dominated the game in almost every aspect. They won more face-offs, hit more and even took less penalties than the Hawks. The downright-horrible game by the Hawks leaves even casual fans scratching their head and asking where the real Hawks are.
Andrew Shaw sat out once again due to his lower-body injury. He is expected to return for Game 5, but that has not been confirmed by the team.
Matt Cooke returned after a seven-game suspension and assisted on Fontaine’s goal.
This is the third consecutive playoff series in which the Hawks have been tied after four games. The team won twice at the United Center to tie the St. Louis Blues last round, while they returned home tied in last season’s Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins.