One night after giving up four goals in the opening period, the Hawks played much tighter defense, allowing only a couple of prime scoring chances in the first 20 minutes. The Wild’s best attempt came on a power play, but Marty Turco stopped Eric Nystrom from hammering one past him at the goal mouth.
Later, Jonathan Toews looked to have an open net for a wrap-around score, but NIklas Backstrom recovered at the last second to make the save. Troy Brouwer followed with a good chance but was also denied.
The Hawks had 11 shots in the period while the Wild had nine.