The second period carried the same sense of hunger the Wild showed in the first period.
At the 3:53 mark in the second period, Ryan Suter hit Zucker with an Overnight Delivery Stretch Pass streaking up the left side of the ice. Zucker got the puck behind the net, Duncan Keith gathered control, but Luke Kunin forced a difficult pass that Fiala managed to get control of. Fiala moved toward the point and cut in hard to create separation from the defender. In the blink of an eye, Fiala rifled a snapshot into the top right corner, can you say snipe?
Just a spectacular hustle play by Fiala and capped it with a brilliant shot. Fiala has great success against Chicago this season, four goals in two games.
Fiala would strike again, this time at the late in the second period. After a defensive zone faceoff on the PP, Kunin won the draw and pushed the puck up ice. Fiala gained possession of the puck and burned up the left side. Using his speed, Fiala created separation in the slot and went five-hole on Crawford. When this kid is on his game he may be exactly what Paul Fenton talked him up to be.
Stalock was tested multiple times in the second period. When he’s on his game Stalock is a fun guy to watch between the pipes. He comes out far to challenge shooters and takes away the angle. Ryan Donato also had a nice period. On top of a strong first period, Donato was smart with the puck, minimized turnovers, and made smart decisions in the offensive zone. The Wild potted two in the second period and went into the locker room outshooting Chicago 22-14.