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Hawks take the panic out of pressure

Parlay a regular season filled with tight games and overtimes into OT win in Game 1

Updated: May 1, 2013, 2:45 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- When Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom left the ice with an injury before the game started, Chicago Blackhawks fans probably expected an easy win over backup goalie Josh Harding.

Maybe the Blackhawks did, too.

The last time the Hawks faced Harding on Jan. 30, he was pulled from the game after two goals in the first seven minutes. Harding, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the fall, hasn't started a game since then and played only twice.

But this ...

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