Game 4: Blackhawks blank Wild, 3-0


ST. PAUL , Minn. -- It was another do-or-die situation for the Wild -- and Mike Yeo's hockey club -- didn't do it. As a result, they're on the brink of elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Patrick Sharp scored twice, powering the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center. The win gives Chicago a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Sharp's second goal came just two minutes into the second period -- the first shot on third-string goalie Darcy Kuemper, who was thrust into the game after a first-period injury to Josh Harding.

Bryan Bickell also scored for the Blackhawks, as he put a shot past Kuemper midway through the third period.

The Wild had plenty of scoring opportunities, but went 0-for-6 on the power play. For the series, Minnesota has yet to score with a man advantage (0 for 15). They're the only playoff team -- of 16 -- to not have a power-play goal in the first round of play.

"Power play. That's the big story tonight," Yeo said.

Also: Jason Pominville also returned to the Wild lineup. He missed five games after getting a nasty elbow to the head from L.A.'s Dustin Brown during the regular season.

Up next: Game 5 in Chicago Thursday night.

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