May 2, 2013
Blackhawks realize Wild won't go down without a fight
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker crashes into Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during NHL playoff action in Chicago April 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

When the Blackhawks were droning on and on earlier this week about how they can’t take Minnesota lightly and blah, blah, blah, tough series, good opponent, blah, blah, blah, everyone thought they were just being polite.

It was the kind of stuff all prohibitive favourites say about the poor saps they’ve been assigned to slaughter.

Then came Game 1, where the Wild, playing on the road with eight playoff rookies and without Jason Pominville and their starting goalie, gave Chicago everything it could handle in a 2-1 overtime loss. Now everyone, especially the Wild, believe this can still be anyone’s series.

“One bounce and it could have gone their way,” said Bryan Bickell, Chicago’s overtime hero. “They’re not happy with the result, but I think they’re happy with their game.”



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