The Minnesota Wild fell to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3, Friday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Teuvo Teravanien's first postseason goal late in the second period was the difference maker. Chicago remains unbeaten in games this season when they enter the third period with a lead.
The Blackhawks took control early when Brandon Saad scored his third goal of the playoffs just 1:15 seconds into the game.
Minnesota fought back, and peppered Blackawks goaltender Corey Crawford with pucks, but he turned them away and even when he didn't, the Wild couldn't take advantage.
Chicago took advantage stretching the lead on goals from Patrick Kane and Marcus Krueger coming off Wild miscues in their own zone.
Somehow the Wild battled back, scoring three unanswered in the second period to pull even on this goal from Mikael Granlund.
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But with less than a minute to play in the second, Teravainen scored the go ahead goal, putting Chicago on top.
The Blackhawks lead the series 1-0, Game 2 is on Sunday in Chicago.
1st period: 1:15 CHI – Brandon Saad (3) Wrist shot – Assist: Marian Hossa (6) 1-0 CHI
1st period: 13:11 CHI – Patrick Kane (3) Snap shot – Assist: Brad Richards (3) 2-0 CHI
1st period: 15:15 CHI – Marcus Krueger (1) Backhand shot – Assist: Andrew Shaw (3), Duncan Shaw (6) 3-0 CHI
2nd period: 1:21 MIN – Jason Zucker (2) Wrist shot – Assist: Thomas Vanek (3) 3-1 CHI
2nd period: 5:07 MIN – PPG Zach Parise (4) Wrist shot – Vanek (4), Mikko Koivu (3) 3-2 CHI
2nd period: 9:30 MIN – Mikael Granlund (2) Wrist shot – Parise (5) 3-3 Tie
2nd period: 19:01 CHI – Teuvo Teravainen (1) Wrist shot – Assist: Patrick Sharp (3) 4-3 CHI