‘It’s a series now’: Wild win Game 3 in OT, cut Blackhawks’ series lead to 2-1

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Mike Yeo believed his Minnesota Wild would be desperate against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 on Sunday, as any team staring at a 2-0 series deficit would be, but he also expected this: searing dislike.

“I really believe in order to be successful, there has to be a level of hatred for the team you’re playing against,” Yeo said at the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday. “It shouldn’t be hard for us.

“The fact played we’ve played them a couple times, the fact we’ve come out on the wrong end, there should certainly be some hostility (today).”

The Wild certainly were busy pushing and shoving and agitating all game, but it required overtime and a score from Jason Zucker from a sharp angle, short-side goal for a 3-2 win that cuts the Hawks’ series lead to 2-1.

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The puck flies into the net past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford in overtime. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)