In the end, Game 1 was won by the unlikeliest of players.
And it was a beauty.
Let's get to our questions about the game, shall we?
1. Will players be given increased ice-time due to the scheduling between Games 1 and 2? Specifically, the teams' top defensemen?
Duncan Keith played 25 minutes, but the Blackhawks defensemen shared ice time pretty much evenly across the board. The same can't be said for the Wild. Ryan Suter played 41 minutes, nearly seven minutes more than his partner Jonas Brodin.
2. Will special teams have any impact on Game 1?
Neither team depended on special teams much during the regular season, and that held true on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks' lone goal in regulation came on the power play, but they were unsuccessful on two others. The Wild, meanwhile, went 0-4 on the man advantage.
3. How will Corey Crawford fare in goal for Chicago?