The Chicago Blackhawks needed 16 extra minutes to do so, but prevailed in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Minnesota Wild. Tuesday at the United Center, a full house was treated to an exciting contest that ended with a terrific sequence of plays on both ends of the ice.
The 'Hawks are now up 1-0 in the series as the teams take two nights off before Friday's Game 2. There is plenty of time to pick apart the next game. Right now let's focus on some aspects that made the first clash between the Blackhawks and Wild such a compelling event.