The Chicago Blackhawks were in desperate need of some home-cooking. The Blackhawks had gone 0-3 in their last road trip and had lost their Captain Jonathan Toews to injury. Meanwhile the Minnesota Wilds were in playoff mode. The Wild were riding high on two game winning streaks. The Wild had defeated the Phoenix Coyotes and the La Kings.
The Blackhawks did not have the start they wanted. The Blackhawks did not come out with sense urgency, but instead came out flat in the first period. The Wild struck first as Charlie Coyle beat Corey Crawford for the first goal of the game. The first period ended with the Wild winning 1-0.
The second period was a different story for the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks came out with some energy. Their energetic play paid off as Ben Smith scored the equalizer early in the second period. Smith started tonight’s game on the fourth line but because of injuries, he was switched to the second center position very early in the game. The second period ended with the Blackhawks and Wild knotted at one.
The third period had the Blackhawks get out to an early lead. Bryan Bickell scored his 11th goal of the season and first points since March 6th. The Blackhawks led until less than two minutes to play in the period. Corey Crawford got beat on the short side by Erik Haula. The game remained tied after regulation. Overtime would come and go with no scoring.
The Blackhawks played a different style of game tonight. The Blackhawks were barely out hit and were outshot tonight. The Blackhawks only put 26 shots on net while the Wild had 27. The Blackhawks average 17 hits per game; tonight they had 26 hits.
Coach Quenneville said in the post game “we are going to play close grind it out type of games the rest of the regular season.”
The Blackhawks will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow in Columbus.
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