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Blackhawks take 1-0 lead in Western Semifinals vs Wild

One of these days, the Chicago Blackhawks will play the level of hockey they're capable of for a full sixty minutes, and the other team will end up looking silly.

Tonight wasn't one of those nights, but the Blackhawks still came away with a 5-2 win in Game 1 of the Western Semifinals vs. the Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks scored their first two goals on the power play. Bryan Bickell tipped a Brent Seabrook blast to put Chicago on the board first, late in the first.

After a strong first, the Blackhawks let the Wild take over in the second. Minnesota not only limited Chicago to a mere 3 SOG, but they peppered Corey Crawford with 17. Despite that, the Blackhawk...

Blackhawks Shutout Wild 1-0; Capture 30th Win of Season

 

Marian Hossa scored the only goal of the game with 4:46 remaining in the second period and Ray Emery shut the door on the Wild shooters as Chicago captured its 30th win of the year in Minnesota last night.

Emery faced 20 shots to record his 15th win and third shutout of the year. The shutout was also his third in his last five starts, a stretch that has seen him go 4-1-0 with a 1.68 GAA and a 0.951 SV% and has many in the windy city sounding the Goalie Controversy Alarm.

Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, making his 22nd start in the last 24 games for the Wild, stood on his head for most of the night, turning away all but one of the 31 shots launched by a tenacious...

Game preview: Getting Wild in Chicago

The Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks last met up on a rainy day in mid-December in St. Paul. The Blackhawks came away with a shoot out win, with Patrick Kane providing a memorable goal to seal the win.

It was the second game in an eight-game losing streak for the Wild; including being shut out 0-4 by the Canucks on Vancouver ice. The Wild have had just 2 wins in their past 13 games; their record in that stretch is 2-8-3. It is a far cry from the 20-7-3 that Minnesota started the season with; and the Wild has plunged from first in the West to 7th, hanging on ahead of the rising Los Angeles Kings. The Wild has been hurt by injuries; Clayton Stoner just returned to the roster...