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Wild lose game, Harding in critical game four

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The Wild lost game four of their Stanley Cup playoff match-up with Chicago 3-0 at Xcel Energy Center. They also lost goaltender Josh Harding after the first period with a lower body injury.

"I don't think we necessarily responded well to being behind," said head coach Mike Yeo. "Certainly that game was hanging there for us to climb back into it."

The Wild trailed 1-0 after the first period that was caused by a turnover by Miko Koivu that found the stick of Marian Hosa. Hossa then found Patrick Sharp who scored his first of two goals in the game.

"They're playing good," said Miko Koivu. "They're on the lanes and we've got to find a way to break that down and get that puck to the net."

Darcy Kuemper entered the game after Harding suffered a lower body injury late in the first period. Laboring, he finished the period, but failed to answer the bell in the second period. Sharp scored his second goal of the game on the first shot on net against the new goaltender to put his Blackhawks up 2-0. It was a bad goal allowed by Kuemper who may have been put in a bad spot, but it was a save he needed to and should have made.

The Wild failed to capitalize on six power-plays and only amased seven shots on goal during the man advantage.

"It's tough when you have a lot of chances on your power play and have nothing to show for it," said Ryan Suter. "We had some good looks, but I guess it doesn't matter if you can't score."

Jason Pominville returned to the lineup after missing five games after being elbowed in the head by Dustin Brown.

Corey Crawford was solid in net stopping all 25 shots, but was never really tested as his team played solid defensively in front of him. All told, the Wild attempted 63 shots and only 25 made it on net.

The series shifts back to Chicago Thursday night where it is a win or go home scenario for the Wild. Game five begins at 8:30.

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