Focus is on the Minnesota Wild

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -The Chicago Blackhawks fell to St. Louis 3-1 in their final game of the regular season. It was a meaningless contest for the Hawks but with the victory the Blues secured fourth place in the Western Conference. The opponent for the Hawks in the opening round will be the Minnesota Wild.Every big name player was out of the Chicago lineup with the exception of Brent Seabrook. A few worker bees like Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger and Viktor Stalberg were also given a well-deserved night off. So Joel Quenneville did what he could to avoid major injuries and to make sure his club will be rested for a long Stanley Cup run.

Saturday’s Blackhawk lineup featured seven players called up from Rockford and recently signed center Drew LeBlanc. Carter Hutton got the start in goal and did an adequate job. Really all of the young players gave a good accounting of themselves.

Hard luck forward Ben Smith notched the only Hawks goal which broke up the shutout in the third period. Jeremy Morin and Jimmy Hayes were credited with the assists. Rookie defenseman Ryan Stanton had two blocked shots and played a nice game finishing a +1.

The focus now will be getting past the Minnesota Wild in Round 1 of the playoffs.

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  1. Ken says:

    Great write up. The only thing i would have added was that the last time the Hawk won the Pesidents trophy, they faced MN in the first round. Let us pray the outcome is different and we face the Penguins in the cup final (although Montreal, Toronto or Boston will do).