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WATCH LIVE: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks (Game 5)

May 11, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

Nick Leddy, Ryan Suter Nick Leddy, Ryan Suter

When the Chicago Blackhawks lost Game 3 to the Minnesota Wild, they called it a “wake up call.”

There was no reason for them to panic. They had claimed the first two contests of the second round cleanly and had just ended a six-game winning streak, so they were still in a good spot. Then Minnesota earned a 4-2 victory in Game 4 on Friday and the feel of this series changed a bit.

It’s now clear that this won’t be a repeat of 2013 when the Blackhawks cruised past Minnesota in the first round. This Wild team is capable of standing up to the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“It’s playoff hockey,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews emphasized. “It’s not supposed to be easy. There’s going to be some moments where your stomach drops.”

That’s true, but a string of those moments can and will end the campaign of all but one team and for the first time since the second round started, it truly feels like this is anyone’s series.

The game will start at 9:00 p.m. ET and air on CNBC. You can also stream it online below:



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  1. luvmnsports2012 - May 11, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Let’s go Wild! Play like Friday and try and get this win in Chicago!! Play your a$$es off boys!!! GO WILD!!!

  2. tved12 - May 11, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Awesome goal by Haula, he’s an easy guy to like. Quickly becoming a favorite of mine, the way he plays in all situations. All year, any line you’d put him on he just outworks people. Good start boys!

  3. avsfan2014 - May 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    brutal call, refs got Chicago back in the game (shocker)

  4. fuseekthepackers28 - May 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Phantom hooking call leads to lucky goal by Hawks…..

    • wjarvis - May 11, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      Uncalled interference directly led to Haula’s scoring chance that he capitalized on, so I wouldn’t be blaming the refs…

  5. comeonnowguys - May 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Man 2-1 isn’t going to win this.

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