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Wild vs. Blackhawks Game One: Brian Bickell wins game in OT for Chicago

Solid goaltending and a relentless attack earned Chicago a win on Tuesday.


In the end, Game 1 was won by the unlikeliest of players.

On a team with Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Bryan Bickell had the game-winning goal in overtime to give Chicago a 2-1 win and a 1-0 series lead over the Minnesota Wild.

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?

Shaky. His first allowed goal to Cal Clutterbuck should've been stopped, but Crawford rebounded nicely after that. Yes, Josh Harding outplayed him, but 26 saves is nothing to scoff at.

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