Jan 8, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (88) is hooked by Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter (22) during the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Second matchup: January 8th, 2015
The Hawks quickly got off to a 1-0 lead to silence to Minnesota fans, with a goal 5 minutes into the game. Before the first period ended, Patrick Kane scored one of those Power Play goals(can he please do this in the playoffs?) to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead at the end of the 1st period.
Jason Zucker would bring the Wild within a goal when he scored one in the 2nd period to make it 2-1 Hawks.
However, the Hawks weren’t done as Bryan Bickell would score to reclaim the Hawks’ one goal cushion to make the score 3-1. Late in the 3rd, Jason Pominville would find the back of the net against a what was then dominant Hawks’ Penalty Kill to bring the Wild back within a goal.
Bickell would eventually add an empty-net goal and the Hawks would leave Minnesota with a 4-2 victory.
Even though they gave up a Power Play goal, the Hawks Penalty Kill went 4-for-5 on the night, a tough task on the road. On the Power Play, the Hawks were 1-for-2, which, of course, is a 50% conversion rate. Seriously, it’s true, the Hawks have at times been successful on the Power Play. This seems like eons ago.
This was an ugly performance from the Hawks. The Wild outshot the Hawks 44-20! Corey Crawford rightfully was named the 1st Star of the Game with his 42-save performance.
At this point in the season, nothing was going right for the Wild. They dominated the Hawks and still lost by 2 goals. They were also far from any sort of playoff contention.
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