1. Battle of the Boards: The Minnesota Wild deserved all the credit they got in upsetting the Colorado Avalanche in seven games.
No Niklas Backstrom, no Josh Harding, possibly no Darcy Kuemper.
Rewind a year ago, as the Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild skated onto the ice at the United Center, ready to kick off their first playoff game of the year.
The Blackhawks had a few days to get some much-needed rest and watched closely as the Avalanche and Wild squared off in Game 7 of their opening-round series.