STAR TRIBUNE'S THREE STARS
Patrick Sharp, Chicago: Scored a pair of goals, one on a tip-in, the other on a 40-foot slapshot.
Corey Crawford, Chicago: Supported by strong defense, the Blackhawks goalie had a 25-save shutout.
Johnny Oduya, Chicago: Unsung defenseman blocked five shots.
Sharp scored 1:02 into the second period on the first shot on relief goalie Darcy Kuemper, who had no chance to warm up before the period started, to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Kuemper replaced Josh Harding, who suffered a left leg injury.
BY THE NUMBERS
0-for-15 Wild on power plays this series.
26 Wild shots blocked by the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
4 Periods in the series the Wild has played without a backup goalie on the bench. Niklas Backstrom, injured in Game 1 warmups, came out of the stands and dressed for the third period Tuesday night.