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. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Blackhawks, Cal Clutterbuck, Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Jason Zucker, Johnny Oduya, Josh Harding, Matt Cullen, Minnesota, Patrick Kane, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Playoffs, Wild, Zach Parise
By Jon Fromi
Hey, it was bound to happen.
The Chicago Blackhawks picked up a point Wednesday to open a six-game road trip, but came up a few inches short as they dropped their first game of the 2013 season.
Niklas Backstrom recorded 28 saves in relief of Josh Harding as the Blackhawks lost 3-2 in a shootout.
Minnesota got on the board quickly. Just ninety seconds following the opening faceoff, the Wild won a draw in the Chicago zone. Mikael Granlund, who bested Marcus Kruger for possession, fired the puck on goal and Corey Crawford allowed a rebound in front of the net. Crawford stopped a put-back by Matt Cullen, but Cullen pounced on a second rebound attempt to give his team a 1-0 advantage. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Bryan Bickell, Cal Clutterbuck, Jonathan Toews, Josh Harding, Marian Hossa, Matt Cullen, Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu, Minnesota, Niklas Backstrom, Road Trip, Wild