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It's no surprise to see the Blackhawks display dominance when they play on home ice and salute the crowd at the United Center after they come out with a victory in any playoff game.
But in this series that has seen the home team win the first four games, the Wild may be even stronger at the Xcel Energy Center than the Blackhawks are in Chicago.
Head coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged how well the Wild played at home and how difficult they are to play against.
“They play hard in their building, and they’re good in their building, and they check well,” Quenneville said at his postgame press conference. “It’s tough to get momentum in here.”
The Minnesota home crowd was a huge factor. The fans serenaded Crawford throughout the game, with the loud sing-songy chanting of his name. While that's normal behavior for fans of any home playoff team, the Wild fans seemed louder and more determined to get under the opposing goalie's skin than most of their counterparts in other cities.
The Wild are now 5-0 at home during the postseason. They have outscored the Blackhawks 8-2 in two games at home after dominating the Colorado Avalanche by a cumulative 8-3 score in the first round of the playoffs in three games.
Minnesota's edge on home ice has given the team a sense of confidence that was unexpected in this series.