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Monday, October 28, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Wild 1

By Dan Myers
Special to ESPNChicago.com



ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Monday.

How it happened: Chicago led 1-0 after one and scored goals 3 minutes, 22 seconds apart late in the second period to break a 1-1 tie. The Blackhawks added a goal early in the third and another midway through the final period to provide the final margin.

What it means: The victory avenges a 5-3 loss to the Wild on Saturday night in Chicago and puts the Hawks alone in second place in the Central Division, with 17 points. It was Minnesota's first regulation loss at home this season.

Player of the game: Corey Crawford. Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad and Brandon Pirri each had two-point nights and Saad's feed to Kane on his third-period goal was a thing of beauty. But Crawford played a steady game, stopping 10 shots in the first and 22 shots through 40 minutes, allowing the Hawks' offense time to get going. Crawford stopped 29 shots in all, earning his sixth win of the season.

Stat of the game: Chicago, which entered the game with the league's worst penalty kill (72.2 percent), kept the NHL's fifth-best power play off the board in three chances. Minnesota had scored a power-play goal in nine of 12 games this season.

What's next: The Blackhawks return home to play the second half of back-to-back games Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators at United Center.