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Discuss: Blackhawks beat Wild in overtime 2-1 to take Game 1

Apr 30, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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Nothing like a little bit of drama to start the playoffs. Chicago beat Minnesota 2-1 in overtime to take Game 1 of their first-round series thanks to a Bryan Bickell super deke-out goal that beat Josh Harding. Chicago avoids potential disaster by taking a 1-0 series lead.

Here are your Game 1 talking points:

  • Who doesn’t love playoff overtime? This one just edged out the Blues-Kings game for first OT game of the playoffs.
  • Josh Harding gets the sudden start thanks to Niklas Backstrom‘s injury.
  • But seriously, how much did he stand on his head to keep the Hawks at bay?
  • Power play? What’s that? Minnesota sure didn’t know what it was. Chicago sure knew though as their lone goal in regulation came on it.
  • Marian Hossa looked like a man possessed at times out there. His power play goal snapshot was a beauty.
  • After Harding’s stellar play, do the Wild stress out over Backstrom’s health for Game 2?
  • If the Wild want to have an easier time of things, spending a bit more time in the Chicago end of the ice would help. Getting outshot 37-27 won’t cut it every game.
  • How much do the Wild rely on Ryan Suter? He only had 41:08 time on ice tonight. That’s all.
  • Minnesota didn’t have much offense, but Jason Zucker impressed with his effort.
  • Anyone seen Zach Parise? Anyone? Bueller?
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  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Great game. Didn’t expect Harding to play that well. And Ryan Suter is a MAN

    • steelpenbucs87 - May 1, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Completely agree – I don’t know that Harding even needs to win a series, if he keeps playing this well it could be the story of the year. Also he has to be a lock for the Masterson right?

      Suter showing why he was worth all of that green. I’ll admit that I was one of the first to say early on that he wouldn’t be the same without Weber… and he’s not… I just didn’t know he might actually end up being better. Brodin and Suter are going to be nice for sometime.

      Also, I felt like I was watching this game in fast forward at times – the speed, the skill, was unreal.

  2. JoeAvg - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    That’s the mark of a great team. Win even when you are outplayed.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Hawks outshot the Wild by 10 and couldn’t get it done in regulation. Not sure they got outplayed. The Wild played a great game and Harding had an amazing showing, but I wouldn’t say they outplayed em.

      • JoeAvg - May 1, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        You could be right. Perhaps my impression was because I expected more domination from the Hawks. The Wild were beating them to pucks and winning far more battles along the boards than I would have predicted.

      • mp1131211 - May 1, 2013 at 12:12 AM

        This is how the Wild win games. They grind it out. When they were winning games in February/March, they were cycling the puck and dumping it to the net with bodies in position. On D, they were getting in the lanes and reading attacking players well so they could take away opportunities before they began. Plus, Backstrom was stopping a lot. Tonight’s game was a glimpse at what the Wild can do, but they weren’t at their potential. Harding tonight was as good or better than Backstrom is on a good night. However, the Wild didn’t have their offensive system clicking. Almost, but not enough presence around the net.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 1, 2013 at 12:53 AM

        Definitely got outplayed in the first period, anyway.

    • suckit619 - May 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Outplayed? They didn’t play great but they certainly weren’t outplayed. They had more shots on goal, more hits, and most importantly, MORE GOALS!

  3. jgreen1516 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Was a great game!!!

  4. ynothockey - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Great game and hats off to Harding and Wild played well! Glad Hawks got the win. Go Hawks!

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    This and the Blues-Kings game were both amazing. I was flipping back and forth all night. Unfortunately I flipped to the Blues game right after Steen scored then flipped back to this game right after Bickell scored, so I missed both game winners. But still a great night of hockey, gotta love the playoffs. Looks like the Wild won’t be an easy out.

  6. btlpper68 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    I felt like I just watched a whole series worth of action and its just 1 game unbelievable stuff

  7. dt58 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Great game. Harding looked amazing. Happy for him. Hawks looked sloppy at times especially with their neutral zone passing. Hossa looked like a man among boys at times. Sutter is a great young D man but not sure if he can handle that much ice time for an entire series. So pumped its playoffs!!!

  8. 7ransponder - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    This is going to be a great series.

  9. blackhawksdynasty - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Obviously I’m happy the Hawks won, but what an incredible game from Harding. So tough to get the call in a situation like that, come in cold and stand on his head. He was awesome. Great game!

    • florida727 - May 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Ditto. Life-long ‘Hawks fan, and glad they won, but man, what a game by the Wild. Thought they deserved a better fate. Good gosh, how can people NOT love this game? Pretty much every other major sport is predictable with regard to playoff matchups, especially early-on. Hockey is totally different. Can’t watch enough games.

  10. hammerhead5573 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Where is that high bear knucklehead who said if the wild score the first goal, hawks lose. Nice call there idiot. If it weren’t for the goalie, hawks would have had about 5 or 6 goals. Great game from both teams.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      The long winded bear will make his appearance. He’s currently looking up words in his dictionary and thesaurus….might be awhile.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Its a good thing the Wild had a goalie then.

      What kind of comment is this? Using the same logic I could say that if it weren’t the forwards, the Hawks would have no goals. Sorry, but this is just annoying.

    • hawkeedawg - May 1, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      High Country doesn’t know squat about hockey, as proven by the huge amount of thumbs down he gets. Ignore him/her/it!!

      As I have said before…High Country = Verbal Diarrhea, nothing but sh!t comes out of his yapper.

  11. hammerhead5573 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Hey joe avg are you serious? are you saying the Hawks were outplayed? What game were you watching? The Hawks had most of the 2nd period, the entire 3rd period and all overtime. That to me is not being outplayed

    • slickvb82 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      entire 3rd period and overtime?!?! what game were you watching? haha

      • 19to77 - May 1, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        The one where the ‘Hawks won. In OT. Which game were you watching, slick?

      • slickvb82 - May 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        The one where the game was tied 1-1 through 3, then each team had about 4-5 chances to win it in OT!….I’ll ask you too 19to77, what game were either of you fools watching?!!?!

        The Wild certainly got outplayed in certain aspects of the game, but I personally think other than the 2nd we played extremely well. It maybe wasn’t flashy, or a lot of O-Zone time, but we had our chances. I dont think it was the Hawks who didnt play as well as they can, I think the Wild did a good job playing defense and not giving the Hawks scoring chances. Yes, they had 37 shots, but look at actual scoring chances, it was low.

        Give the Wild some credit in a great game.

      • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        No, not really, hammer pretty much nailed it on the head. (Yeah, that just happened.) There was a stretch where Chicago was running their power play offense… and it was 5 on 5.

        Exciting game, but it took Harding having a (literally) remarkable game standing on his head to keep Minnesota in it.

  12. slickvb82 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Great game, the reason we all love playoff hockey! Hats off to Harding, only the third game he’s played all year and in those circumstances. He really kept the Wild in it!

    I wish I hated the Hawks so I could talk a little trash, I just don’t. Excited for this series!

    Go Wild!

  13. Stiller43 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Idc about minnesota, but im absolutely rooting for harting to do well. He did do well, but unfortunately (depending on who you root for) he didnt get the win. Solid game nonetheless. Lets go pens!

  14. mp1131211 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    I’m grouchy. You all suck and so does Chicago. I’m drinking for the rest of the evening. Good night.

    • esracerx46 - May 1, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      Hey were both drinking bc the Hawks won!:) Was an awesome game. Took a bit to get everything opened up. I’m hoping it was nerves and not the trap system rearing its ugly head again. The goal Crawford gave up was SOFT…but that’s his what he’s known for.

    • suckit619 - May 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Wild suck. Sorry dude

  15. jhuck92 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    If the Wild want to beat Chicago in this series, Pominville and Parise need to show up to play. Suter can only do so much.

    • esracerx46 - May 1, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      Pominville didn’t play because he was injured you cult. Thats why you didn’t hear his name.

      • esracerx46 - May 1, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        Dult* damn autocorrect.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 1, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        It’s dolt anyway.

      • jhuck92 - May 1, 2013 at 8:06 AM

        Yes, I’m fully aware of the Penner elbow to Pominville’s head. But the Wild need both him and Parise, two big acquisitions, to play (well) to win this series. Even if they do, I honestly can’t see it happening in anything less than 7 games.

      • blackfoot11 - May 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

        It was D. Brown, not Penner who elbowed Pominville.

  16. bigben1513 - May 1, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Wonder if the guy who wrote this was a hawks fan? Jeez apparently he thought Harding played well for the wild but the rest of the team played like bums why not discuss the good team defense by the wild or the way the wild controlled the speed of the game I thought it was a great game but this article kind of ticked me off felt like he criticized the wild when I thought they played a great game

  17. ineedmorehossa - May 1, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    I need more Hossa

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 1, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      I crack up every time I see one of these, and I really can’t explain why.

      • 19to77 - May 1, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        Because Hoss the Boss is awesome?

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 1, 2013 at 6:46 AM

        That’s got to be part of the equation, doesn’t it?

  18. profsudz - May 1, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Glad to see the Wild (a team that practically none of the national writers on this site and others have ever watched) showed that they are for real. They looked great tonight, and if they continue this play, this series should kiss as much ass as this game did tonight.

    Lost 1.5 weeks off the tail end of my life due to the intensity, but I will trade it in any day for such great hockey.

    Keep it up (and keep Harding in until he chokes)

    • profsudz - May 1, 2013 at 12:18 AM

      Kick, not kiss, but you knew that

  19. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 1, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Just glad Chicago survived that one. With Minnesota being universally dismissed, I’m not surprised it came out and played pretty well.

    Hopefully being forced to give more ice time to key players compared to the deeper Blackhawks will catch up to the Wild as the series wears on.

  20. hockeyes - May 1, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    I am a Blackhawks fan….but….

    I find myself cheering for Minnesota….WHY!?

    ….Go Wild! I BELIEVE IN YOU

    • suckit619 - May 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      You are not a real fan hockeyes. Plain and simple

      • hockeyes - May 1, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        so false. I just want to see a dedicated underdog team pull the upset of the year.

  21. dankpuffalot - May 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Brown elbow, not Penner. Thanks for showing how aware you are.

  22. comeonnowguys - May 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I think part of the reason the Minnesota power play struggled was because they sat five guys in the neutral zone for over a period. Hard to establish an offensive flow that way.

    (Hawks 3rd-ranked PK doesn’t help things)

    As weird as this sounds, once it hit overtime, this became a HUGE game for the Blackhawks. If Minnesota would have won, then it would have been an extra day of how “terrible” Crawford is, despite the fact he kept them in it.

    I was thinking this series would go six or seven games. After watching last night, it’s a sweep. Once they got past whatever funk they were in first period, they outlasted Minnesota’s turtle by being stronger on the puck, better on the skates and smarter with the play than they were last year against Phoenix.

    P.S. Suter is a bad, bad man.

    • slickvb82 - May 1, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      So let me get this straight, you originally thought this series was going to go 6-7 games, but after last nights game, you now think its a sweep!?!? haha

      Sorry, I don’t see the logic in that….

      • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        You’re right, my bad. I should have said something like the following to explain my change in view.

        Once they got past whatever funk they were in first period, they outlasted Minnesota’s turtle by being stronger on the puck, better on the skates and smarter with the play than they were last year against Phoenix.

        Oh, wait…

        Sure, I could flesh that out more to explain the Blackhawks playstyle and how it past struggles against turtle teams like Nashville and Phoenix relate with my view on how Chicago was going to handle Minnesota’s impending gum-a-thon.

        But honestly, it would have been just one more long tl;dr internet comment. Who’s chomping at the bit for that?!?

  23. scoocha - May 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Only in the NHL do teams like CHIC dominate the regular season only to struggle once the playoffs hit. Isn’t it dumb that there’s almost a 50% chance that one or both #1s will lose in the first round? This just doesn’t happen in other major sports.
    I wish they could just get a bye to the 2nd round or be given some sort of 5-2, 6-1 home advantage for finishing #1 in regular season.

    • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      They don’t need a bye, they just need to take away the ability to sit five guys in the middle of the ice and go deep in the playoffs.

  24. suckit619 - May 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Hawks in 5

    • hawksin5 - May 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Yes? May I help you?

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