Just two days after falling to the WIld, the Blackhawks head to Minnesota where they'll look to earn two points against their division rival. Catch all the action beginning at 6:30 on Comcast SportsNet.
The Blackhawks and Wild battled each other on Saturday for the first time since Chicago ousted Minnesota from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but this time, things went a little differently.
Goaltender Niklas Backstrom returned to the ice — despite suffering from a sprained knee — and made some impressive saves as his team went on to record a 5-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions.
But Monday night, the Blackhawks have a chance prove themselves once again in Minnesota. And while the Wild were happy with their overall efforts inside the United Center, they believe they'll have to come out even stronger.
"It's a big win, but (the Blackhawks are) a really good team. We know we have to be ready on Monday," Backstrom said on Saturday night. "We can enjoy this from today and learn things from tonight to be better on Monday because that's what (the Blackhawks) always do, they step up the next game."
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The Blackhawks, on the other hand, couldn't find many positives to take from their previous game. They're hungry for that win in Minnesota, and while the Wild plan on coming out stronger, so do the Blackhawks.
"We had breakdowns, we had turnovers inside our zone, we had miscommunications, some penalties that we shouldn’t have taken," Jonathan Toews said. "I think one thing relates to the other and it’s just a little bit sloppy sometimes, so we have to tighten that up and get back to playing that solid checking game that we know how to play. Our talent and our ability is going to take over when the work ethic is there and we’ll go from there."