Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Hawks 2, Wild 1 (OT)
By Scott Powers
ST. PAUL, Minn. -– Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2-1 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 of their Western Conference second-round series at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.
How it happened: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal at 9:42 in overtime. The Blackhawks got the start they wanted. Kris Versteeg gave them a 1-0 advantage when he scored 1:58 into the game. The Wild answered in the second period when Erik Haula skated past three Blackhawks for a loose puck and finished on the breakaway. The Wild put Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford to work in the second period. They had 14 shots on net. Crawford stopped 13 of them. He finished with 34 saves on 35 shots. Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves on 27 shots.
What it means: The Blackhawks won the series 4-2 and advance to the Western Conference finals for the fourth time in the last six seasons. The Wild hadn’t lost at home in the playoffs. They had won their first five home games prior to Tuesday. The Blackhawks improved to 12-2 in games in which they clinch a series in the past six seasons. They also improved to 10-4 when on the road in Games 4-7 in their last nine series. Both teams had four overtime games in the first round. The Blackhawks improved to 3-2 in overtime playoff games this season.
Player of the game: Crawford was the difference for the Blackhawks. He stopped a number of quality chances by the Wild.
Stat of the game: The Wild were 0-for-3 on the power play. The Blackhawks killed 15 of 17 power plays in the series.
What’s next: The Blackhawks will await the winner of the Anaheim Ducks-Los Angeles Kings series. The Ducks lead the series 3-2. The Ducks would have home-ice advantage over the Blackhawks, and the Blackhawks would have it over the Kings.