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Blackhawks Aim for Finishing Blow in Game 6

Updated: 05/13/2014 1:28 PM
Created: 05/13/2014 5:51 AM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert

The Chicago Blackhawks have been here several times before. Opponents on the brink of elimination against them have not fared well.          

Since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews joined the team, the Blackhawks have not lost in any of the seven playoff series that were tied after four games. That's a 13-0 record in Games 5 and 6 of such matchups that were even at two each, including the Stanley Cup finals in 2010 against Philadelphia and 2013 against Boston.          

The Blackhawks will test that perfect mark once more on Tuesday in Game 6 against the Minnesota Wild.

Chicago won Game 5 on Sunday at United Center 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. An early third period goal scored by Toews proved to be the difference.

Finishing off the Wild on Tuesday will not be easy though. Minnesota is 5-0 at home this postseason, and has been a much better team at Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild limped home after losing Games 1 and 2 in this series but bounced back to win Games 3 and 4. Now they will look for more of the same success at home with their backs against the wall.

Should there be a Game 7 on Thursday, the Blackhawks would return with the comfort of an undefeated record at home. Game 7 would start at 7 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Minnesota Wild's Charlie Coyle, left, controls the puck against Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa during the second period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Photo: AP/Nam Y. Huh

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