The Minnesota Wild had their opportunity to steal Game 1 at the United Center.
The Wild rallied from a 2-0 deficit against the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period to tie the score and had momentum on their side. However, Patrick Kane refused to let the Blackhawks give up their home-ice advantage. He scored on a brilliant individual effort shortly thereafter, and Chicago regained the lead and control of the game.
But it would have taken more than Kane's heroics if the Wild had taken advantage of their opportunities in the second period, when they outshot the Blackhawks 17-3. Instead of losing the lead in that period, the Blackhawks actually added to it.
The 5-2 final score was not indicative of the difference between the two teams. The Wild are good enough to push the Blackhawks, and that's just what they did in the first game of the series.
Here are the biggest points to ponder from Game 1.