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Sunday, May 4, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Wild 1

By Scott Powers


CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of their Western Conference second-round series at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks held on to a one-goal lead for much of the third period until Bryan Bickell gave them more of a cushion late in the period. Bickell scored at 17:15 of the third period to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead. Brandon Saad added an empty-net goal to make it 4-1. The Blackhawks went up 1-0 when Jonathan Toews cleaned up a rebound from Marian Hossa at the net at 11:02 of the first period. Saad gave them a 2-0 lead when he scored from the high slot with 56 seconds remaining in the second period. The Wild’s Cody McCormick then cut the Blackhawks’ advantage to one when he scored at 2:00 of the third period. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 18 saves on 19 shots, while Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 of 21 shots.

What it means: The Blackhawks took a 2-0 lead in the series and held on to home-ice advantage. They also have won their past six games. Crawford continues to step up for the Blackhawks, as he's allowed nine goals over the past six games. Hossa had three assists in the win and has six assists in the playoffs.

Player of the game: Bickell was a difference-maker again with a goal and two assists. He has five goals in the playoffs.

Stat of the game: The Wild had 13 shots on goal in the second period. They were held to six shots on net in the other two periods.

What’s next: The series moves to Minnesota for Game 3 on Tuesday.