Updated: 05/02/2014 5:41 PM KSTP.com
Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9) of Finland celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the first period during Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Denver.
Photo: Photo: AP/Jack Dempsey
The Minnesota Wild are brimming with confidence after defeating the Colorado Avalanche in a dramatic first-round series.
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. Chicago actually trailed the Blues 2-0 in the series before stringing together four straight wins.
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. The Blackhawks went on to win the Stanley Cup over the Boston Bruins that year.
The Wild and Blackhawks met five times during the regular season, with Minnesota winning three games. The last time the two teams met at United Center in Chicago, the Blackhawks won 3-2 in a shootout.
Chicago right wing Patrick Kane did not play in that game. He has been relatively quiet in the playoffs so far, with just two goals against the Blues, both in Game 4.
The first two games of the series are in Chicago. The Wild went 1-3 on the road against the Avalanche, and 17-17-7 on the road during the regular season.
Here is the complete series schedule:
Date Time (CT) Location
Friday, May 2 8:30 p.m. United Center, Chicago
Sunday, May 4 2 p.m. United Center, Chicago
Tuesday, May 6 8 p.m. Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Friday, May 9 TBD Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
*Sunday, May 11 TBD United Center, Chicago
*Tuesday, May 13 TBD Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
*Thursday, May 15 TBD United Center, Chicago
The Associated Press contributed to this report.