The third period was much of the same. The Wild came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders.
Yet at the 6:23 mark of the third period, Adam Boqvist received a pass off of an offensive zone draw and threw the puck on net. At the time of the shot, Jonas Brodin was tied up with a Blackhawk player in-front of the net. Stalock didn’t have a chance to see the puck leave Boqvist’s stick. It was a tough break because the shot didn’t seem that hard, but it had eyes and ended Stalock’s shutout.
The Wild continued to play good defensive hockey following the goal. They were rewarded in the form of a Ryan Donato breakaway with less than 10 minutes left in the third period. Streaking toward the net, Donato made his move, but Crawford was able to come out with the puck.
At the 16:50 mark in the third period, the air sucked out of the building. Every fan inside of the Xcel thought in their head “not this again.” Chicago won an offensive zone faceoff and from the half wall, Ollie Matta threw a puck on net that found its way up and over Stalock’s left shoulder. Just an awful angle, but again with traffic in front, Stalock had no idea where the puck was.
The Wild headed into overtime, where they’ve consistently struggled, needing to secure two points against the Three-Headed Monster Minnesota battled much the past decade.