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            === Wild try to stay alive in Game 6 vs. Blackhawks ===
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Wild hope to push the Western Conference
 semifinals to the limit on Tuesday when they host the Chicago Blackhawks in
 Game 6 from Xcel Energy Center.
 
 The Wild entered this best-of-seven series as heavy underdogs against the
 defending Stanley Cup champions and fell behind 2-0 in Games 1 and 2 in
 Chicago before evening the set at 2-2 on home ice. The Blackhawks, however,
 regained the upper hand in the series with a victory in Sunday's Game 5 and
 will try to punch another ticket to the Western Conference finals tonight.
 
 A victory tonight would give the Blackhawks, who also won the Cup in 2010,
 their fourth trip to the third round in six seasons. Chicago, of course, is
 trying to become the first team to win consecutive Stanley Cup titles since
 Detroit pulled off the repeat in 1997 and '98.
 
 Chicago posted a 2-1 decision in the Windy City to grab a 3-2 lead. Jonathan
 Toews registered the winning goal early in the third period and Corey Crawford
 stopped 27 shots to put the Blackhawks one win away from the West finals.
 
 Bryan Bickell also scored and Patrick Sharp contributed a pair of assists for
 the Blackhawks.
 
 "The whole game, the whole series has been very tight," Blackhawks head coach
 Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we showed more determination in the puck
 area tonight."
 
 In order to end the series in six games, the Blackhawks will have to become
 the first road team in this postseason to win at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota
 is 5-0 in St. Paul in the 2014 playoffs and last lost a postseason game on
 home ice when Chicago won Game 4 of last spring's opening-round series. The
 Blackhawks went on to win that set with a Game 5 victory on home ice.
 
 "We definitely would like to finish it there," Chicago forward Marian Hossa
 said of Game 6. "We know how hard it is to play in their building and we know
 we have to be better than we were in the last three games."
 
 If Minnesota is able to stay perfect at home on Tuesday, the clubs will meet
 Thursday at the United Center for a decisive Game 7.
 
 Erik Haula picked up the lone tally for the Wild on Sunday, while Ilya
 Bryzgalov made 26 saves in defeat.
 
 "We had a pretty good start, first period, but then I thought we got soft in
 our game," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said.
 
 Minnesota grabbed a 1-0 lead on Haula's goal with 3:27 left in the first, but
 Bickell tied it with a power-play goal around the midway point of the second
 period. The score stayed 1-1 until Chicago's captain delivered the eventual
 game-winner early in the third period.
 
 Chicago took a 2-1 lead with 4:33 played in the third. Hossa kept control of
 the puck behind the Minnesota cage and drifted from the right side back to the
 left before dishing into the circle for Sharp. His try to the net was
 furthered by Hossa, then Toews fended off a Wild checker at the right post and
 backhanded the rebound home.
 
 Crawford backed up the tally by stopping all 14 Minnesota shots in the final
 20 minutes. Bryzgalov was called to the bench with 1:47 on the clock, and
 Crawford endured some close calls on crease rushes by the visitors before the
 buzzer.
 
 "It (stinks) to lose a game like this, and obviously when you lose, you're
 frustrated, you're mad," Yeo said. "But I think there's been enough in this
 series where we should feel confident still. That said, we also recognize that
 we'd better be ready."
 
 Minnesota dressed defenseman Skip Prosser in place of Keith Ballard, who
 departed Game 4 with an upper-body injury after being checked from behind by
 Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig. Ballard is questionable for Game 6, as is
 forward Matt Moulson, who sat out the last two games due to an unspecified
 lower-body injury.
 
 Bollig sat out the first of his two-game suspension levied on Saturday and
 will complete the ban tonight.
 
 Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw missed a fourth straight game Sunday with a
 lower-body injury he suffered in the series opener. He expects to sit out
 again on Tuesday.
 
 
 05/13 10:48:53 ET