By Brad Vandenberk
As the scene shifted to St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks thus far had held the 8th seed Minnesota Wild in check. Game one turned out to be a bit of a feeling out process. Both teams knew what was required to win this series. Bryan Bickell decided to produce at the perfect time, sliding the overtime winner under Josh Harding. Game two showed us that when the Hawks want to play… well, 5 -2 was the result. Patrick Sharp, finally got the monkey off is back, sniping two goals. Patrick Kane was mesmerising causing the Wild to chance him around the ice all night. Michael Frolik, playing his normal 4th line minutes, chipped in with a nice shorthanded goal, his 2nd g note of the night.
Game three was the Wilds first playoff home game since 2008. The Hawks were 18-4-2 on the road during the regular season. Dave Bolland and Ray Emery skated this week but remained out of the line up. Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers and Sheldon Brookbank were out as well.