ST. PAUL, Minn. - Patrick Sharp scored two goals for Chicago, and the Blackhawks ratcheted up their defense, putting the Minnesota Wild on the brink of elimination with a 3-0 victory Tuesday night.
The Wild started the night with high intensity and a number of really good scoring opportunities, but after one period the Wild trailed 1-0.
"I don't think we necessarily responded very well to being behind, staying with our game in certain situations, but certainly that game was hanging there for us to climb back into," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.
Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 25 saves for the Blackhawks, who built a 3-1 lead in this best-of-seven matchup.
The Wild had another goalie get hurt when Josh Harding's injury forced Darcy Kuemper into action after the first intermission. Sharp scored on Chicago's first shot at the rookie 62 seconds into the second period.
"It's a tough situation for (Kuemper) to come into, but there wasn't a letdown on our team's part, that's for sure," Yeo said.
Minnesota had six man-advantage situations on Tuesday night, but came up empty on each opportunity.
"It's not easy when you don't score on the power play to get refocused," Yeo said.
Minnesota is the only one of the 16 NHL playoff teams without a power-play goal this postseason. They are 0 for 15 in the series.
"Power plays was the story, that's for sure," Yeo admitted. "One that we have to look at to see what we can do to help our guys to have a little more (success) in those situations."
Game 5 is back in Chicago on Thursday night.
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