Mar 5, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Wild centerMatt Cullen
(7) is defended by Chicago Blackhawks defensemanBrent Seabrook
(7) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
The Blackhawks were 2-0-1 against the Minnesota Wild this season and now that they are facing each other in the playoffs here’s a look back at the three games between the two teams.
January 30 at Excel Energy Center- Minnesota -3 Chicago-2 O.T.
The Wild gave the Hawks their first blemish of the season with an overtime shootout loss. This was the first game for the Hawks on a six game road trip. The Hawks fell behind early on a Matt Cullen goal, but Andrew Shaw scored his first goal of the season four minutes later to tie up the contest. Jonathan Toews scored at the end of the period and it appeared that the even though following behind the Hawks express was well on its way to a victory. Josh Harding started for the Wild but was pulled after giving up the Toews goal and was replaced by Niklas Backstrom who didn’t give up a goal the rest of the game. Cal Clutterbuck tied it up midway through the second period and Corey Crawford stopped everything else to get the game to a shootout. Matt Cullen started the game with a goal and he finished it with the shootout winner.
March 5 at United Center- Chicago 5 Minnesota 3
The Hawks were still on their point streak to start the season and even though they gave up the first goal of the game they blitzed the Wild almost into submission. Brandon Saad, Bryan Bickell twice, and Marian Hossa all scored on Backstrom for a 4-1 lead that the Hawks held into the third period when the Hawks fell asleep for a while giving up goals to Ryan Suter and Kyle Brodziak before Patrick Kane closed the door on the Wild’s hopes. The Hawks win extended the streak to 23 and gave the Hawks a bit of revenge for their shootout loss earlier in the season.
April 9 at Excel Energy Center Chicago-1 Minnesota-0
This was the second of three consecutive road shut out wins for the Blackhawks. Ray Emery collected the victory stopping all 20 shots he saw in the Twin Cities. The only goal of the game came after Clayton Stoner made a horrible turnover in his own end and Marian Hossa was in the right place at the right time as he blew one past Backstrom for the only goal of the contest. The Hawks left Minnesota in the middle of another streak, this time a seven game winning streak and a 2-0-1 record against the Wild in 2013. This was a real boring game with one exciting moment.
The Wild have confidence that they played the Hawks tough twice on their home ice but will this be enough to carry over in a seven game series?
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