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Blackhawks Nip Wild, Take 3-2 Series Advantage

 
Posted May 12th, 2014 @ 7:33am

Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Jonathan Toews registered the winning goal early  in the third period and Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots, as the Chicago Blackhawks  edged the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, in Game 5 of the Western Conference
semifinals from United Center.

Bryan  Bickell also scored and Patrick Sharp contributed a pair of assists for  the  Blackhawks, who re-established the  series edge  after dropping two in a row in the Twin Cities.

"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."

Erik Haula picked up the lone tally for the Wild, who can stay alive in Game 6 scheduled for Tuesday in St. Paul. 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.

Chicago  took  a 2-1  lead with  4:33 played  in the  third. Marian 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,  whose unsteadiness led  to a pair of Wild goals in Friday's loss in Game 4, 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.

Haula  provided the only goal of the first period with 3:27 remaining. Skating through  the middle  of the  ice from  his own  zone, he  faked out  a Chicago defender  and  flipped a  shot towards  Crawford. The  puck rebounded into the slot,  where the  former Golden Gopher was  allowed to tap it into the air and over the goal line.

The  hosts drew  even on a power  play near the midway point of regulation, as Patrick Kane's offering from the right circle changed direction off Bickell in front and bled by Bryzgalov.

It  was the only shot which slipped by the Russian netminder during the second period,  but the Wild  ended up allowing a series-high 15 shots on goal to the Blackhawks in the middle frame.

                                   Game Notes

Chicago  improved to  6-0 on home ice  in these playoffs ... Toews' tally gave the  Blackhawks their first lead since the late stages of Game 2 ... 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. Bollig sat out  the first of his two-game suspension levied on Saturday.

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