The final score of 5-2 makes it look like they were in control from start to finish and won the game easily. However, the game was anything but a walkover, and the Blackhawks know they are going to have to come up with a better effort in Game 2 if they are going to string back-to-back victories together.
The Wild overcame significant adversity in the first round of the playoffs, as they rallied to win Game 7 on the road after facing four separate deficits. They are not going to let losing the first game of the series cause angst.
In this piece, we look at the factors that should prove most decisive for each team in Game 2 of the series.