Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks: Tied series

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Wild win 4-2 and tie the series up

After an amazing effort tonight, the Minnesota Wild tied up their 2nd round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Justin Fontaine scored the first goal seven and a half minutes into the game after Matt Cooke did some work by beating out the Blackhawks defenders for the puck and holding on just long enough to shoot it across to ice to an open Fontaine.

Chicago would answer with a goal of their own by Patrick Sharp with just 39 seconds left in the first period.  The Wild would gain the lead off a goal that Jason Pominville would bounce off Corey Crawford.

Chicago would score one more to tie the game up, but the Wild managed to score 2 unanswered goals, one by Nino Niederreiter, and a power play goal by Jared Spurgeon AKA THE TANK to walk away from the game with a 4-2 win.

There were a few great, and a few not-so-great moments in this game.

Matt Cooke stepped back into the lineup without missing a beat. His hit has been beaten to death and we won't get into again, but this team is flat out better with him in the lineup.

Ilya Bryzgalov played phenomenally as well. His stop on Patrick Sharp in the second period probably saved the game. That goal goes in, the team tries to over compensate, and it could very well have ended up with a different outcome.

Jared Spurgeon had a very bad, terrible hit on Marcus Krueger tonight as well. Spurgeon was called for an elbow, but it also looked like he leaped into a knee on knee hit as well. Krueger struggled to get off the ice after the hit, but returned for the 3rd period.

Keith Ballard also took a nasty boarding hit courtesy of Brandon Bollig in the 2nd period, which led to Ballard leaving the game. He had just returned last game for the first time in over a month due to another injury. While this could mean Jonathon Blum cracks the line-up, it sucks that it happens this way.

Mike Yeo had no update on Ballard after the game, and there has been no word on whether the league will talk to Bollig or Spurgeon about their hits tonight. We should hear more tomorrow.

With tonight's win, the Wild guarantee a Game 6 at home regardless of Sunday's outcome. Sunday's game time has officially been released, and will start at 8:30pm.


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