It was basically a tap-in for Marian Hossa.
The veteran Chicago Blackhawks forward gave his team a 2-0 lead over the Minnesota Wild in the second period of Game 1 of that Western Conference second-round series on Friday. He needed only to flip the puck over the outstretched right pad of Ilya Bryzgalov and into an otherwise open net for the goal.
He capitalized on a pretty passing play from Brandon Saad.
The Wild did cut into Chicago’s lead, making it a 2-1 hockey game early in the third period. Clayton Stoner was credited with the goal, which happened after a scramble in the Chicago crease. Minnesota scored twice in the first seven minutes of the third period to tie the game at 2-2.
The Chicago Blackhawks appeared to have their second goal of the first period in Game 1 against Minnesota Wild, except the whistle had gone, ending the play. No goal.
Joakim Nordstrom made a move out of the corner at the Wild net and a scramble ensued in the crease. The replay shows the puck was loose when Brandon Bollig jammed the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov and over the goal line. However, the whistle had already gone and the goal was called off.
From the NHL’s Situation Room Blog:
At 17:16 of the first period in the Minnesota Wild/Chicago Blackhawks game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play at the Minnesota net. The referee informed the Situation Room that he blew his whistle to stop play prior to the puck crossing the goal line. This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no goal Chicago.
The Minnesota Wild got through the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, thanks to a thrilling Game 7 overtime victory against the Colorado Avalanche. Now, it doesn’t get any easier for them in Round Two, going up against the Chicago Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champs.
Goaltending is also the big question for the Wild, with Ilya Bryzgalov getting the start in Game 1 Friday. But can the Wild pull off an upset in this round? Do they have a chance?