Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 5, Wild 2
May, 2, 2014
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series at the United Center on Friday.
How it happened: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane broke a 2-2 tie with a backhanded shot from the right circle at 8:22 of the third period. Kane's goal came just after the Wild fought back from a 2-0 deficit and tied the score with two goals early in the third period. Clayton Stoner scored the first goal at 2:19 of the third period for the Wild, and Kyle Brodziak scored the second one at 6:56. Kane scored another goal at 16:47 of the third period to give the Blackhawks a 4-2 lead, and Bryan Bickell had an empty-net goal for the final score. The Blackhawks utilized their power play to go ahead 2-0. Bickell redirected a shot from Brent Seabrook into the net for a power-play goal at 14:48 of the first period. The Blackhawks added to their lead when Brandon Saad delivered a backhanded pass through traffic and connected with Marian Hossa at the net for another power-play goal at 11:21 of the second period. Hossa had a goal and two assists. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 30 of 32 shots. Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made 17 saves. Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw left the game because of a lower-body injury in the first period and did not return.
What it means: The Blackhawks took a 1-0 lead in the series and continued to possess home-ice advantage. The Blackhawks' power play struggled against the St. Louis Blues and converted on 3 of 20 chances in the first round. The Blackhawks nearly equaled that goal total Friday. The Blackhawks' penalty kill continued its success. After killing 27 of 29 penalties against the Blues, they killed all three of the Wild's power plays in Game 1.
Player of the game: Kane came through again. He has five goals in seven playoff games this season.
Stat of the game: The Wild outshot the Blackhawks 17-3 in the second period, but the Blackhawks outscored the Wild 1-0 in the period.
What's next: The series remains in Chicago for Game 2 on Sunday afternoon.