(CHICAGO) -- During their opening round playoff series against the Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks were often playing catch up. In three of their four victories, the Hawks came from at least one goal behind to win, twice in overtime.
In Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals Friday, the script was flipped, as the Blackhawks scored three times in the first period only to see their lead quickly evaporate before holding off the Minnesota Wild for a 4-3 win.
The Blackhawks were not happy with their second-period play, but the team hopes to get off to another fast start in tonight's Game 2 at the United Center.
"That's the goal, we obviously want to start like that," said Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. "Get off to a good start and harness that energy we had getting out of the gate and rolling from there."
When the Blackhawks do have a lead going into the final 20 minutes, they have been unbeatable. The Blackhawks are now 27-0-0 this year when leading after the second period during the regular season and playoffs.
Game 2 with the Wild begins at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.