Blackhawks' Playoff Action: Minnesota Series

The Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night did something they hadn't done since winning the Stanley Cup in 2010: won a first-round playoff series.

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Members of the Chicago Blackhawks skate during player introductions before taking on the Minnesota Wild in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild shoots against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits the ice after being shoved down by Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Head coach Joel Quenneville (center) of the Chicago Blackhawks watches as his team takes on the Minnesota Wild in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks and Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild battle for the puck on a face-off in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks falls over Corey Crawford #50 in the 2nd period against the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks breaks up the ice against the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks sprawls to make a save against the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Justin Falk #44 of the Minnesota Wild slams Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks into the boards as they battle for the puck in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks controls the puck against Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild during the first period of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 5, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime.
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Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks attempts to get the puck away from Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild during the third period of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 5, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime.
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Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild shoots the puck over Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 5, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime.
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Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks shoots the puck towards the net against Jared Spurgeon #46 of the Minnesota Wild during the third period of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 5, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime.
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Cal Clutterbuck #22 of the Minnesota Wild takes the puck away from teammate Kyle Brodziak #21 and Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period of Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 5, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime.
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Josh Harding #37 of the Minnesota Wild defends the net against a shot by Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 7, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota.
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Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild collides with teammate Charlie Coyle #63 during the second period of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 7, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota.
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Johnny Oduya #27 of the Chicago Blackhawks checks Charlie Coyle #63 of the Minnesota Wild into the boards during the second period of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 7, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota.
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Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks blocks a shot by Jared Spurgeon #46 of the Minnesota Wild during the first period of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 7, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota.
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The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a goal against the Minnesota Wild by Sharp during the first period of Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on May 7, 2013 in St Paul, Minnesota.
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Josh Harding #37 of the Minnesota Wild makes a save behind Tom Gilbert #77 and Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks collides with Mikko Koivu #9 of the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Chicago Blackhawks collides with Jason Zucker #16 of the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Cory Crawfrod #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks dives to make a save after losing his stick against the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Kyle Brodziak #21 of the Minnesota Wild slips trying to pass the puck under pressure from Patrick Sharp #10 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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A member of the Chicago Blackhawks skates onto the ice during player introductions before taking on the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Members of the Chicago Blackhawks salute the corwd after a win over the Minnesota Wild in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 9, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-1 to win the series.
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Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings flips the puck past Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Fans cheer as members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate a third period goal against the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks moves moves against Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Cory Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Members of the Chicago Blackhawks salute the fans after a win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
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