While the Blackhawks took the ice for the third period against St. Louis, their playoff path was set by the Minnesota Wild, who clinched the Western Conference's eighth seed with a 3-1 win in Colorado Saturday night. Chicago will take on Minnesota in the conference quarterfinals, the first playoff meeting between the two franchises.
The Blackhawks went 2-0-1 against Minnesota in the 2012-13 campaign, taking the only game at the United Center and splitting decisions in St. Paul. Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa scored two goals apiece in the season series, in which the Blackhawks outscored the Wild, 8-6.
A full schedule for the series is to be announced.
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