Game 4 showdown: Hawks vs. Wild

Game 4 showdown: Hawks vs. Wild
May 7, 2013, 8:30 am
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Nina Falcone

After suffering a 3-2 overtime loss on Sunday to the Wild, the Blackhawks will battle to get back to their winning ways in Minnesota during Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning at 8 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

The Wild weren't afraid to admit they were desperate heading into Sunday's game against the Blackhawks. Minnesota was already down 2-0 in the series, and the team hoped that playing in front of its home crowd would give it that extra boost needed to top the team with the best regular-season record in the league.

From start to finish, the Wild showed just how badly they wanted -- and needed -- the win, putting on a strong defensive performance that kept the Blackhawks from getting quality shots on goaltender Josh Harding a majority of the game.

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But as the Blackhawks prepare for Game 4 on the road, the team is ready to raise its intensity level and fight to earn a 3-1 lead in the series.

"We want to make sure we have more urgency to our game, more directness and the passion that comes with playoff hockey," coach Joel Quenneville told reporters following the Blackhawks' practice Monday. "I'd like to see a very intense team."

As far as injuries go, Dave Bolland and Ray Emery returned to the ice Monday, but both have been ruled out of Tuesday's matchup. Jason Pominville -- who has yet to play in this series as he's continued to recuperate from an upper-body injury -- rejoined the Wild at practice Monday, but whether he'll play Tuesday remains to be seen. Minnesota's starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom also skated after sustaining a lower-body injury at the start of pregame warmups before Game 1, but Harding is expected to get the start again in Game 4.

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The two teams will return to Chicago following Friday's matchup for Game 5 at the United Center on Thursday.

Join the conversation during Tuesday's matchup by using #HawksTalk on Twitter, and keep up with the latest team-related social media trends with Blackhawks Pulse.