Wild pushed to brink against defending champs

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Chicago Blackhawks have been here several times before. Opponents on the brink of elimination against them have not fared well.

Since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews joined the team, the Blackhawks have not lost in any of the seven playoff series that were tied after four games.That's a 13-0 record in Games 5 and 6 of such matchups that were even at two each, including the Stanley Cup finals in 2010 against Philadelphia and 2013 against Boston.

The Blackhawks will test that perfect mark once more on Tuesday in Game 6 against the Minnesota Wild.

"We like the challenge. We always seem to make things harder than it needs to be," said Wild defenseman Ryan Suter. "I don't know if that's a good thing to do, but so far throughout the year it's kind of been the way we've gone about it."

The good news for the Wild is that they were at this same spot against Colorado. The series has been a carbon copy of the series against the Avalanche. The Wild were able to win Game 6 and Game 7 in that series to advance.

"That's how it's been. That's how it is now and (Tuesday) is do or die," Suter said.

The drama is enough to raise Minnesota's collective blood pressure, but that's how its been with this team all year.

"Dealing with adversity, dealing with the frustration, the disappointment of the last game, it was another game that was there for us, we just couldn't push through," Wild coach Mike Yeo said.

The Wild will drop the puck against the Blackhawks at 8 p.m. The game will air on CNBC. Join us for a live game chat at KARE11.com starting at 7:30.


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