Wild coach Dean Evason knew the Chicago Blackhawks were going to push back.
Even though it might not be the same group that won multiple Stanley Cups in its heyday, stars like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are still on the roster. And those guys don’t like to be embarrassed.
So after the Wild erupted for a 5-1 win on Friday night at the United Center, everyone knew the Blackhawks were going to bring it on Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
“The way the game went last night, they are going to be motivated,” Evason said before puck drop. “We have talked about dealing with success in the past. We had some success last night. Now we have to get back to work.”
That’s exactly what the Wild did, bouncing back from a slow start, dominating down the stretch, and ultimately, walking away with a dramatic 4-3 win in overtime.
“I think today was a really entertaining game,” said Mats Zuccarello, who stretched his point streak to eight games with a pair of assists. “It was physical. A little chippy out there. Almost felt like a playoff game. Those are fun to play.”
While it looked like the Wild were dead in the water late in the game, Kevin Fiala tied the score with 2 minutes, 4 seconds left in regulation. That forced overtime where Marcus Foligno played hero, finishing off a pass from Jordan Greenway.