The Chicago Blackhawks took to the ice on Thursday up 3-0 in their 2nd round series with the Minnesota Wild with a chance to close out the Wild with no drama in a 7 game series, and this is how things transpired at Xcel Energy Center.
With the Wild at home down 3-0 you had to expect a push at the beginning of the game, and although they did really activate their defense it wasn’t a huge push and one that the Chicago Blackhawks were able to handle early on in the first period.
The Chicago Blackhawks were able to pick up the first goal of the game on a pretty innocent looking play when Bryan Bickell hit Brent Seabrook in the middle of the ice and after a nifty move to get the puck to his stick shot it and bounced off a Minnesota Wild skate and the shot beat Devan Dubnyk for a 1-0 lead.
The Chicago Blackhawks defense was solid like Corey Crawford and after 2o minutes the shots were 8-8 and the score read 1-0 Hawks
Jonathan Toews picked up a hooking penalty in the first minute of the period, but the Chicago Blackhawks penalty kill was excellent and killed it off. Shortly after the successful PK, the Chicago Blackhawks picked up their first powerplay, and Andrew Shaw banged a puck home through Dubnyk for a 2-0 lead.
The biggest change of momentum took place when Michal Rozsival got turned around had a blowout and was injured. The faceoff after the injury ended with the puck behind Corey Crawford after a rebound chance for the Wild.
The rest of the period was pretty much all Wild who has their playoff life on the line and it showed with non-stop action with the exception of one great shift by Brandon Saad late in the period. The Hawks are 20 minutes away from the Western Conference Finals will they be able to hold on?
Well the third period was supposed to be the period for the Minnesota Wild to make it a series, but who was there to kill all the momentum for the Wild, none other than #88 Patrick Kane. Kane took a pass from Bryan Bickell and beat Dubnyk through the 5 hole one last time in this series. The Wild picked up a pretty weak powerplay from a Bryan Bickell hit and Marian Hossa put in an empty net goal to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead.
The Wild made it crazy in the final 2 minutes with 2 goals scored and they brought everything but couldn’t get the tying goal in during a heart stopping final minutes. The Hawks sweep the Wild in four games winning Game #4 4-3!
HAWKS WIN!!! HAWKS WIN!!!
-My 3 Stars of the Series, Corey Crawford, Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook
-Kane scored in all 4 games of the series and has a 5 game goal scoring streak
-Marian Hossa Broke a 22 playoff game goal scoring drought.
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