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WCQF Game 2: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild

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  By Tony DeFrancesco
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild
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WHO'S IN, WHO'S OUTDave Bolland and Ray Emery are ruled out of tonights game per Joel Quenneville with lower-body injuries. Jason Pominville continues to recover from a head injury and Clayton Stoner will sit out tonight after taking a hard hit in game one. Niklas Backstrom will not return after injuring himself during the pre-skate in game one.

GAME ONE RECAPCorey Crawford allowed a weak goal from Cal Clutterbuck early in the game, but shut the door the rest of the way making 26 saves and finishing with a sparkling 0.963 save percentage. Marian Hossa tied the game in the 2nd period off a great rush by Patrick Kane. Although the game opened up for the Blackhawks after that, no one else scored until 34 minutes later when Bryan Bickell netted the game winning goal at the end of the first overtime period, his second playoff overtime goal of his career. Josh Harding was spectacular as well, making 35 stops out of 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild did an admirable job by blocking 21 shots in the game. Surprisingly, the Blackhawks actually outhit the Wild 40-36 in the game.


OFFENSE BLACKHAWKS — Below is a breakdown of each line and how effective they are against the Wild this series.
  • Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa have one point (1G) in one game.
  • Patrick Sharp, Michal Handzus, and Patrick Kane have one point (1A) in one game.
  • Bryan Bickell, Andrew Shaw, and Viktor Stalberg have two points (1G, 1A) in one game.
  • Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger, and Michael Frolik have not scored any points in one game.
OFFENSE WILD — Below is a breakdown of each line and how effective they are against the Blackhawks this series.
  • Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, and Charlie Coyle have not scored any points in one game.
  • Jason Zucker, Matt Cullen, and Devin Setoguchi have not scored any points in one game..
  • Cal Clutterbuck, Kyle Broadziak, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard contributed one point (1G) and a plus-3 rating.
  • Zenon Konopka, Torrey Mitchell, and Mike Rupp have not scored any points and have a minus-3 rating.


DEFENSE BLACKHAWKS — Below is a breakdown of each pairing and how effective they are against the Wild this series.
  • Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson have a combined total of one point (1A) in one game.
  • Nick Leddy and Brent Seabrook have not scored any points in one game.
  • Johnny Oduya and Michal Rozsival have one point in one game.
DEFENSE WILD — Below is a breakdown of each pairing and how effective they are against the Blackhawks this series.
  • Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin have not scored any points and have a minus-1 rating in one game.
  • Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon have not scored any points in one game.
  • Clayton Stoner and Tom Gilbert scored one point and have a plus-1 rating in one game.


GOALTENDING DUEL
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Corey Crawford #50
Height: 6-2
Weight: 208
Playoff Career vs. Wild:
  • Games Played: 1
  • Record: 1-0
  • Shutouts: 0
  • Goals Against Average: 0.78
  • Save Percentage: 0.963
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Josh Harding #37
Height: 6-1
Weight: 202
Career vs. Blackhawks:
  • Games Played: 1
  • Record: 0-1
  • Shutouts: 0
  • Goals Against Average: 1.57
  • Save Percentage: 0.946
GUARANTEED VICTORY — There are a lot of ways that the Blackhawks can win, but these scenarios practically guarantee a win: If they score first, they increase their odds of winning to almost 90%. They win almost 80% of the games when outshooting their opponents, so any combination of those two percentages vs. Josh Harding should produce a win. Any production from the third or fourth line is a bonus, along with production on the power-play. The beauty of it all is that the Blackhawks don't need to accomplish all of these tasks in order to win. If they can play out just one of these scenarios, chances are they win the game.

MILESTONE WATCHMarian Hossa (37G, 61A) is two points away from 100 career playoff points.


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