Next up is a trip to Chicago for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday night against the Blackhawks, who got a couple days to rest after eliminating St. Louis in six games in the first round.
Minnesota beat Colorado 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 on Wednesday to advance for the first time since it made it to the conference finals in 2003. The Wild became the first team in NHL history to record four tying goals in Game 7 of a Stanley Cup playoff series, according to STATS.
Minnesota lost to Chicago in five games in the first round of the 2013 playoffs.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic