Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Wild 2
May, 3, 2013
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series at the United Center on Friday.
How it happened: The Blackhawks came out the aggressors on Friday, unlike in Game 1. After compiling just six shots on goal in the first period on Tuesday, Chicago surpassed that number within the game’s first six minutes on Friday. The Blackhawks’ steady attack first paid off when Andrew Shaw put a shot on net and Michael Frolik knocked in the rebound at 8:34 of the first period. Frolik continued with the hot stick in the second period and added a short-handed goal to put the Blackhawks ahead 2-0. The Wild’s Devin Setoguchi pulled his team within a goal later in the second period, but Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks some breathing room again with an early third-period goal. Sharp added his second goal when Patrick Kane delivered a spinning, no-look pass to him in front of the net later in the period. Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell scored an empty-net goal in the game’s final seconds. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 26 saves. Wild goaltender Josh Harding made 43 saves in the loss.
Player of the game: Frolik hasn’t had the best of luck converting chances in the regular season the past few seasons, but that seems to change every postseason. He now has six goals in 13 career playoff games. He’s had eight regular-season goals in the past two seasons.
What it means: The Blackhawks took a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series and are in good shape as the series moves to Minnesota for the next two games. The Blackhawks took control of the game early by placing shot after shot on net. The Wild were still able to block 21 shots, but it didn’t matter with the 48 shots Chicago still got through to the net. The Blackhawks haven’t allowed a power-play goal in six chances this series.
What’s next: Game 3 of the series will be held in Minnesota on Sunday.