The Chicago Blackhawks needed overtime to beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in Game 1 of this first-round playoff series. Tuesday's game revealed an unexpectedly slow start for the Blackhawks in a game where the Minnesota Wild almost stole the win.
Fortunately for the Blackhawks, the Madhouse on Madison was able to breathe a sigh of relief after Bryan Bickell scored near the end of the overtime period.
Let's hope this first game was a wake-up call for the Blackhawks.
Here are my picks for the rest of the Blackhawks-Wild playoff series.