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Topic - Mikael Granlund
Erik Haula sat in front of his locker with a blank stare on his face, unable to come to grips with the outcome.
Erik Haula started the rush from the circle in the Minnesota zone early in the third period of a then-scoreless Game 3, leaning forward as he reached the blue line to thread a cross-ice pass to Matt Moulson.
Matching the Chicago Blackhawks is a tough task, and the Minnesota Wild weren't going to catch up without more presence and production from their top forwards.
Semyon Varlamov emptied the net with 2:39 left, and a penalty on Minnesota 25 seconds later gave Colorado a two-man advantage.
Without Mikael Granlund's overtime goal, the Minnesota Wild would be in major trouble in their first-round series against Colorado.
The Minnesota Wild were denied at the net by Semyon Varlamov time after time, a 44-shot barrage in regulation that resulted in, alas, zero goals.
Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund likely will return to action for the playoffs, after a hit to the head kept him out for the last six games of the regular season.
There was plenty of post-Olympic rust to go around, but none seemed to stick to Darcy Kuemper.
The NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks had plenty of problems against the pesky Minnesota Wild. Claustrophobia wasn't one of them.
"We were playing really good. We were creating chances. We got rewarded. We need to just keep playing like that," Granlund said.