Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Biggest Takeaways from Game 5

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Minnesota Wild vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Biggest Takeaways from Game 5
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

The Chicago Blackhawks got what they wanted in Game 5 as they came away with a 2-1 victory at the United Center over the Minnesota Wild in the pivotal game of the playoff series.

However, there were almost no similarities compared to the Blackhawks' two previous home-ice wins in the series. Those were dominant wins in which they outskated the visitors and simply made more key plays when the game was on the line.

The Wild appeared to match or exceed the Blackhawks in nearly every key category in Game 5, except the final score. Minnesota pressed Chicago for 60 minutes and dominated much of the third period as it fought for a tying goal that never came.

Still, the Blackhawks are now one game away from advancing to the Western Conference Final for the second year in a row.

Here are the biggest takeaways from the game.

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