Apr 7, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) scores a goal against Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) during the third period at the United Center. The Minnesota Wild defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Naturally, when two teams are matched up in the playoffs, the first thing one does is think back on when or if those two teams played in the regular season. In the case of the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild, they played each other five times in the 2014-2015 regular season, as is the case with teams who play in the same division.
First matchup: December 16th, 2014.
The Hawks would eventually find a way to re-take the lead on a clutch, late 3rd period Power Play goal(no, seriously) from Patrick Kane. An empty-net goal later and the Hawks would defeat the Wild by a score of 5-3 in front of the United Center fans.
Duncan Keith sat this game out with an illness. The Hawks were able to out-shoot and out-chance the Wild as they played a complete game and earned this victory. They went 2-for-2 on the Penalty Kill and 1-for-4 on the Power Play.
Surely, the Hawks would take this performance any night.
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