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Discuss: Blackhawks crush Wild in Game 5 to end series

May 10, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 9: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates with teammates Viktor Stalberg #25 and Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 after scoring against the Minnesota Wild in the second period in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 09, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks were nearly impossible to beat in the regular season and the Minnesota Wild couldn’t solve them in the playoffs. The Blackhawks cruised to a 5-1 victory in Game 5 to eliminate the Wild from the postseason.

Chicago’s only loss came in overtime and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford allowed just seven goals this series.

Marian Hossa was the hero in this contest, netting Chicago’s first goal of the game and adding an insurance goal at 6:26 of the second period. He also picked up an assist.

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Wild goaltender Josh Harding wasn’t at his best tonight, but he held his own against Chicago for most of the series. Still, would things have gone differently if Niklas Backstrom was available?
  • Given recent history, it almost feels like the Chicago Blackhawks’ victory over the eighth seed Minnesota wild was in defiance of the odds. Going into the 2013 campaign, three of the last four Presidents’ Trophy winners lost their first-round series.
  • Wild defenseman Ryan Suter logged 27:51 minutes in this game. He deserves a lot of credit for playing huge minutes in this series and just being an all-around great acquisition for Minnesota in his first season with the team.
  • All the same, is this campaign a big setback after inking Suter and Zach Parise to massive contracts over the summer, should this season be regarded as a big disappointment for the Minnesota Wild? Or should it be dismissed as a transitional year towards something greater?
  • After getting no points in his first four games of the postseason, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews registered two assists tonight.
  • If nothing else, the Minnesota Wild played a disciplined game. They were eliminated with the least penalty minutes per postseason contest in the league.
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  1. ineedmorehossa - May 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    I need more Hossa

    • 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      Happy to oblige, sir.

    • chicagobtech - May 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      You just can’t get enough Hossa.

      • 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

        Other than the Pens and the Red Wings, can anyone?

  2. 11thstreetmafia - May 10, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Dare just da best team on da ice, eh?

    • devilsarethebest - May 10, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      You never graduated high school, eh?

      • no - May 10, 2013 at 4:52 AM

        …really?

        google bill swerskis superfans

  3. blomfeld - May 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    So much for that 197 million eh ?

    • 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      Because Ryan Suter isn’t nominated for the Norris or anything…

    • credible316 - May 10, 2013 at 6:48 AM

      You do know that we still have them for 12 more years right?

    • alexbaymac - May 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Blom has no horse in this race…just likes the ‘Thumbs Down’ I think. Left-Coast Attention hog, perhaps. (Lyndsey Lohan, is that you?)

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - May 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    The Wild will have an interesting summer, they have 20 players under contract (including Granlund, Haula and Dumba) but they’re pretty much at the cap, they’re going to have to either get teams to take players with contracts off their hands (guys the Wild don’t want) buy out a couple of players with mid level price tags or count exclusively on young guys to step up to fill the holes for next year.

    I’m wondering if they’ll go with Harding and Kuemper in net?

    • 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Expect a buyout on Heatley. He’s $7.5 million dollars of absurd disappointment. They need the cap space desperately.

      • profsudz - May 10, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        My last attempt at responding got deleted for some reason. I’ll restate it:

        Koivu is also a7.5 Million hit, and he’s not worth as much as ZP and RS. Buy him out

      • 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        He’s around $6.8m if memory serves, but you’re right either way. He’s grossly overpaid. Problem there is, buy him out and what do they have for centre depth? Coyle, Cullen, Brodziak? It doesn’t look great. Not that it looks much better now, but losing Koivu (especially while still having to pay the man) would give them just about the worst centre depth in the League. Who do they get to replace him? Ribeiro’s the only UFA centre of note, and you can count on him resigning in Washington.

  5. 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Something about the last two President’s Trophies going to an Olympic diving team might factor in there…

    • hawksin5 - May 10, 2013 at 2:30 AM

      What?

      • comeonnowguys - May 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM

        Going into the 2013 campaign, three of the last four Presidents’ Trophy winners lost their first-round series.

        It’s all there for you in the article.

    • acepylut - May 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Did you miss the part about the Wild being the least penalized team in the first round?

      Yeah, so much for the Hawks being the Canucks.

      • 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Welcome to the point, glad you could make it. There’s a reason THIS President’s Trophy winner is advancing – they AREN’T the Canucks.

  6. chanceoffleury1 - May 10, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Tough break for Minnesota to lose their starter in the warmups of Game 1. I still think Chicago would have won the series, but it might have gone to 6, maybe even 7 if Backstrom was in. It’s not like he was having a Vezina season, but it was a great opportunity for Harting. Especially with everything he’s been dealing with. He took 2 games to overtime and kept Chicago on their toes early in the series. When your offense is only putting up a goal or two per game it doesn’t give the goalie much room for error. Wish he could have went out with a little more grace, but Harding should h

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 10, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      that last line is supposed to say “….but, Harding should hold his head high.”

      and I know I spelled Harding wrong the first time but my computer submitted the comment before I could change it. Oops!

  7. chicagobtech - May 10, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I will say this about the Wild: they played good, consistant games. No drama, no crying for attention in the coach’s pressers, just an attitude of do it on the ice. Mike Yeo has the makings for a great team, with a little more time and a few adjustments it will work out for Minnesota. It wasn’t enough to overcome the Blackhawks, but I can’t sit here and point out any player on the Wild that I would care to not see anymore.

    Except for Clutterbuck. I hope he eats a slice of Chicago deep dish that disagrees with him the whole flight and drive home.

  8. northstarnic - May 10, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    First, Blomfeld is an idiot.
    But to more important matters, the wilds were just dominated for much of this series. What’s it going to take for this club to find someone who can score? Koivu was a huge disappointment, before this game he and ZP were a combined -26 since April 1st. I have long held that he is not a legit first line center on a team that is better than mediocre. And I don’t believe he deserves to wear the C, he just doesn’t appear to be much if a leader and never owns it when his team sucks. I wonder how teams around the league feel about mikko and how seriously he will be shopped this summer. There are obviously other issues with this team, but I really think koivu’s all around poor play was one of the biggest impediments to the wild making this a more competitive series. Furthermore, I think he was central to their end of season melt-down. it sure would have been nice to face the Canucks in the first round, especially since its our last year as division rivals. Instead they nearly miss the playoffs and get to face the hawks. So disappointing.

  9. northstarnic - May 10, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    On the other hand, this is a very young team and, even if major changes aren’t made, I think they will grow together and improve a lot before next season. With a core of vets and the maturation of the young bucks, the wilds should Be very good for years to come. Look forward to many more matchups with the hawks as we become division rivals. Best of luck this year Chicago.

  10. ray2013 - May 10, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Little to no centre depth. Lack of scoring punch. Serious cap problems. How good is Fletcher? If he had to pick just one of those three areas to address which one is the most critical?

    • 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Buy out Heatley, don’t resign Backstrom – third problem solved. Give Parise and Pominville time to find their groove – they should pick up, helping to address the second somewhat. The centre depth is the hard one. Thin UFA crop plus overpaid Koivu leaves them in a bad spot there. Coyle was drafted as one originally – can he improve enough by next season to slot into the top six as a centre? If not, they’ll have their hands full there.

  11. hammerhead5573 - May 10, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    17 goals in 5 games vs a “physical” team. A 10 goal difference between the 2 teams! And the hawks top line only scored 3 of those goals. i hope at some point the talk of the hawks can’t play against physical teams gets a rest, a pretty complete team in my opinion

  12. joeyashwi - May 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Suter and Parise were good signings. We as Wild fans knew coming into the season that this was just the first piece of returning to relevance. None of us believed that two players were going to change this team enough to win a cup.
    Heatley is obviously more valuable to the team than people believe. The team spiraled down as soon as he was injured on a cheap play after the final horn. We make one trade deadline deal and he gets injured by a cheap shot. Backstrom gets injured in warmups. To be truthful Backs was playing horribly at the end of the year so I don’t think it would have mattered. It just wasn’t meant to be. Chicago is by far the best team in the league this year. I wish we put up more of a fight but to be honest, the goal was to make the playoffs and we did. It wasn’t long ago when Chicago was the doormat of the league.

  13. earpaniac - May 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I still love watching games where Hossa looks like a man among boys.

  14. Haleigh - May 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Reblogged this on Doan Stop Believing.

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