ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Two nights ago, the Minnesota Wild put up a five spot in a road win against Chicago. Monday, it was the visiting Blackhawks' turn to return the favor.
Chicago scored early and often Monday, snapping Minnesota's three-game winning streak with a 5-1 win. The scene at Xcel Energy Center was almost the opposite of what took place 48 hours earlier during the Wild's 5-3 win at United Center in Chicago.
"I don't know if they were better prepared for us, but it felt like they were sharper," Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom said after Monday's loss. "It seemed like they made the right plays at the right time. It's a good team. We knew that they were going to bounce back and play a lot better today, and we didn't do it."
Backstrom made 33 saves in Saturday's win, helping the Wild earn their sixth victory of the season. Two days later, he was not nearly as sharp in net during Monday's loss. Backstrom never saw Patri...