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Get your game notes: ‘Hawks at Wild

May 6, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

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Tonight on CNBC, it’s the Minnesota Wild hosting the Chicago Blackhawks starting at 9 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• Chicago scored two late third period goals to put away Minnesota in Game 2 and take a 2-0 series advantage. The series now shifts about 400 miles northwest to St. Paul and the Xcel Energy Center, where the Wild have won all three of their home games this postseason. They have allowed the fewest amount of goals/game of any team in the playoffs at home (1.00), but are tied for the most goals allowed/game on the road (4.33). Their lone win on the road in the playoffs was Game 7 in Colorado when they defeated the Avalanche, 5-4 in overtime.

• Chicago has now won six straight playoff games after winning the final four games in their First-Round series vs. STL. Marian Hossa (0-3) and Bryan Bickell (1-2) both tallied three points in Game 2. For Hossa, it was his second straight game with three points after picking up a goal and two assists in Game 1. He now has 4-8—12 in seven career postseason games vs. MIN, including a trio of three-point performances (also, 2-1—3 on May 9, 2013). Bickell extended his point streak to five games (5-3—8) and is off to another strong playoffs after an impressive performance during Chicago’s Stanley Cup run last year.

• The Wild’s letter players — Mikko Koivu (“C”), Zach Parise (“A”), Ryan Suter (“A”) — have struggled in the two playoff matchups against Chicago this season and last. In the seven games they’ve played against Chicago, they have a combined two points.

• Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford has now won a career-high six straight playoff games. During this stretch, he has allowed nine goals (1.43 GAA) with a .951 save percentage. Ilya Bryzgalov has gotten both starts in net for the Wild in this series, posting a 3.54 GAA and a .833 save percentage.

• The Blackhawks haven’t won the first road game in a Stanley Cup Playoff series since Game 1 of the 2010 Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks. Since then, Chicago is 0-8 in series road openers, including a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 3 against the Wild last year.

  1. guitarisgood4u - May 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Fairly safe to say this is a ‘must get sh!t together and win’ game for the Wild.

  2. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    4-2 Wild, Stoner gets empty netter.

  3. mattyg89 - May 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    With the numbers Crow has been putting up so far I don’t see why the hawks can’t go all the way again this year. I’d love to see Corey get a Conn Smythe this year.

    • alexbaymac - May 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Clicking Thumbs Down isn’t going to make Breezy play any better….& the loses aren’t all on him, either.
      GO CROW! GO HAWKS !!!

    • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Still won’t change the fact that every time he lets in a softy, there will still be people immediately yelling “WE CAN’T WIN WITH THIS GUY #gloveside” with no sarcasm whatsoever.

      • gret9 - May 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        comeonnowguys – sad but true.

  4. blomfeld - May 6, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    “Yer dern-tootin’ we’re goin’ Hawk hunting tonight !”

    As much as I want the Hawk’s to win this series in-order for us Kings to ‘put things right’ and all … tonight I sense that the Wild are going to go absolutely ‘berserk’ on the Hawks ! Yes sir ! In fact, I can see it ‘easily’ approaching double digits in terms of goals surrendered by Chicago !

    GO WILD !!! … BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF THE HAWKS !!!!!!! :)

    ps: I’ve only been to MSP twice in my life, both times on ‘airline’ business with Northwest. And though my visits were short, I did see enough to learn that Minnesotans are probably some of the most ‘decent’ folk to be found anywhere …

    • guitarisgood4u - May 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      NWA!

      • dadawg77 - May 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        Straight out of Compton.. oh you mean the airline.

    • slickvb82 - May 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Blomfled – sh!t, I’m actually starting to like you

      Go Wild!

  5. luvmnsports2012 - May 6, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Thanks Blom! Can’t believe I just said that! Never been to LA but have been wanting to a while and are planning a trip next year! Besides that, my Wild been down 0-2 before and playing at home definately boosted there confidence last series! I just hope the offense comes back and they put up some good numbers. Heck, give Bryz the lead for once and see if he can hold it down. Gotta score cause we know the Hawks aren’t shy of that!! C’mon guys, get your game back and beat these birds!! GO WILD!!!

    • comeonnowguys - May 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Don’t do it. Don’t give in.

      Even when he takes your side/goes against your enemy, every time someone thumbs up or supports Blomfield, Pierre Macguire gets to work another game.

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - May 6, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    As dominant as the Hawks have been this series, lets be real, they haven’t been playing to their potential. This team can be even more dominant. They may be able to beat some teams on medium setting but somewhere along the line, they’re gonna give a game away.

    • tved12 - May 6, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      As usual, trolling another teams thread. Nothing good to say about anything.

  7. strictlythedanks - May 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Hawks have dominated scoring-wise, yes. Dominated shots, faceoffs, puck control, hits? not so much.

    This series is closer then the box scores have told, and the Wild haven’t played up to their full potential either. The way its unfolding it looks like Crawford might be the most valuable player in this series. It will certainly be a much tougher task then coming back down 0-2 on Colorado for the Wild.

  8. purpleguy - May 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    This could be a weird series compared to last year, where the Wild played better this year, but the series and scores look worse compared to 2013. I hope to heck I’m completely wrong. Then again, I saw blomfeld compliment our team and fan base, so stranger things obviously have happened.

  9. luvmnsports2012 - May 6, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    How do you thumbs up or thumbs down anyone?

  10. grungelyrics4hockeyprofitguy - May 6, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    In the darkest hole
    You’d be well advised
    Not to plan my funeral
    Before the body dies

  11. gret9 - May 6, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Hammer can’t talk after taking a puck in the neck…..but he’s going to play. Example 25,213 that hockey players are the toughest pro athletes by wiiiiide margin.

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