Chicago’s Viktor Stalberg fed Bryan Bickell for the game winner in overtime to hand the Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Wild in Game One of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series last night in the Windy City. Marian Hossa tied the game with a power-play tally early in the second period for Chicago, which won the Presidents’ Trophy this year. Corey Crawford made 26 saves in the win. Josh Harding was forced into a start in the cage for Minnesota after Niklas Backstrom was injured during pregame warmups. Harding stopped 35 shots in defeat. Cal Clutterbuck gave the Wild a lead less than five minutes into the game with a nifty goal. Game Two of this series is Friday in Chicago.
Here is the best-of-seven series schedule and results for the NHL
Quarterfinal matchup between Minnesota and Chicago:
Tuesday (4/30): Chicago 2, Minnesota 1 (overtime-final; CHI leads series 1-0),
Friday (5/3): Wild at Blackhawks, 8:30pm,
Sunday (5/5): Blackhawks at Wild, 2pm,
Tuesday (5/7): Blackhawks at Wild, 8:30pm,
Thursday (5/9): Wild at Blackhawks, if necessary, TBA,
Saturday (5/11): Blackhawks at Wild, if necessary, TBA,
Sunday (5/12): Wild at Blackhawks, if necessary, TBA.