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Bickell, Blackhawks clip Wild for 2-0 series lead
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Bryan Bickell supplied a goal and two assists, Brandon Saad scored twice, and the Chicago Blackhawks secured a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday at United Center.
Saad scored his first of the playoffs in the final minute of the second period to stake Chicago to a 2-0 lead, but Cody McCormick lit the lamp two minutes into the third to slice Minnesota's deficit in half.
However, Corey Crawford kept the Wild at bay from there before Bickell buried a wrister with 2:45 remaining to give the Blackhawks some breathing room.
Saad added an empty-netter 1:22 later to account for the final margin, while Jonathan Toews opened the scoring in the first for the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who have won six straight games, including a 5-2 win in Game 1 behind a pair of third-period goals from Patrick Kane.
Marian Hossa added three assists in the victory.
Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 21 shots for the Wild, who have lost 10 of their last 11 road playoff games. Bryzgalov got his second straight start in place of an injured Darcy Kuemper, who was forced to exit Minnesota's Game 7 win over Colorado in the first round after sustaining an undisclosed injury late in the contest.
The Wild will look to rebound Tuesday, when they welcome the Blackhawks to Minnesota for Game 3.
05/04 17:59:02 ET