CHICAGO - Fresh off a pulse-pounding overtime Game 7 victory, the Minnesota Wild rolled into the Windy City on the next step of their quest for the Stanley's Cup.
KARE 11 produced an hour-long, prime time special that aired live before Game 2 Sunday afternoon in Chicago. Sports Director Eric Perkins and KARE 11 Weekend Anchor Rena Sarigianopoulos hosted the proceedings live from the Eagle Street Grill in downtown St. Paul, while Dave Schwartz reported live from the United Center in Chicago. Together, they helped celebrate Minnesota's winter game, the fans whose passion fuels our hockey craze, and the midwestern rivalry that makes Minnesota-Chicago matchups so much fun.
Neighbor vs. neighbor: Eric Perkins hangs out with 2 Maplewood guys (one a Wild fan, the other a Blackhawks fanatic) who won't let him get a word in edgewise.
There's an amazing off-ice rivalry between neighbors in Maplewood, one of whom loves the Wild and the other who bleeds Blackhawk red.
Dave Schwartz goes in search of Wild fans in Chicago, and learns that finding them isn't easy.
Wild fans in the Windy City
A Chicago transplant makes things hot and spicy at a Plymouth eatery, serving up Chicago dogs with a serious side of attitude.
Chicago attitude makes for spicy rivalry
Nick Leddy grew up in Minnesota, but these days his allegiance tips towards the Blackhawks. Heck, it has to... he helps anchor their blueline.
Quest for the Cup: Nick Leddy