The convenient narrative, based on the tradition of the Wild and the reputation of the Blackhawks, was to look at the first two periods of Game 3 — 27 combined shots and zero goals — and determine the home team was dedicated to grinding the game to a halt.
Closer to the truth: The Blackhawks were the ones dictating the tight-checking game with limited opportunities in an attempt to choke the life out of the crowd.
It almost worked … right up until the point it didn't, with the Wild scoring four times in the third period. It will be interesting to see if the same style is employed in Game 4, or if Chicago tries to open things up.
good read: Which QB do you like best in this year's NFL draft? Your answer says a lot about you, per an interesting piece at grantland.com.
grizzled: Brett Favre made a video at sqor.com in which he broke down the NFL draft and sang the praises of Johnny Manziel.