Following Wild games, Managing Editor Mike Doyle will give the Five Takeaways that he'll remember from each contest. Today, he'll look back at a 3-0 Game 4 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks:
In the fourth game of the series, the Blackhawks were able to turn the tables on the Wild, playing a stifling defensive game, while capitalizing on its chances. The Wild outshot the Hawks, 25-24, but were unable to crack goaltender Corey Crawford. The netminder also had a ton of help, as Chicago blocked 26 shots. The Wild didn’t help matters, missing the net on 17 shot attempts...Read more.
For all the talk about picking up the physical play in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Minnesota Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks proved what truly wins in the postseason: stifling defense, timely goal scoring, and stellar goaltending.
The top-seeded Blackhawks got a lot of all three Tuesday, winning 2-0 at Xcel Energy Center to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 5 is Thursday at United Center... Read more