Game 5 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild began with a quick penalty on Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.
Seabrook was assessed with a tripping penalty on Nino Niederreiter of the Wild. The penalty occurred within the first 30 seconds of the game. Despite the penalty, the Blackhawks’ penalty killers managed to thwart the Wild’s first power player opportunity of the game.
The penalty was highly questionable, though, the Blackhawks were able to limit the impact.
The Blackhawks started the first period showing the same struggles that they did in game 4. The Blackhawks struggled in setting up any form of offensive consistency with their shots on goal being scarce. The Blackhawks managed only 3 shots on goal during the first half of the third period. Though, by comparison, the Wild had 4 shots on the goal in the same time period.
The Blackhawks did manage to go on the power play at 12:34 point in the first period. Clayton Stoner was called for the hooking penalty. Though, the Blackhawks failed to convert on their first power play opportunity of the game. The Blackhawks failed to record a shot on goal during that power play.
The Wild managed to score the first goal of the game at the 16:33 mark in the first period. The goal was scored by Erik Hula, who went uncontested down the ice.
At the end of the first period, the Blackhawks trailed the Wild 1-0.