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           === Crawford, Sharp pace Blackhawks to 2-0 series lead ===
 
 Chicago,  IL  (Sports Network) -  Corey Crawford  stopped 26 shots and Patrick
 Sharp lit the lamp twice in the third period to lead the Chicago Blackhawks in
 a  5-2 win  over the  Minnesota  Wild in  Game  2 of  this Western  Conference
 quarterfinal series at United Center.
 
 Michael Frolik added two goals while Patrick Kane had two assists for the top-
 seeded  Blackhawks,  who have  a 2-0  lead in  this best-of-seven series after
 winning Game 1 in overtime.
 
 "It's  always  nice to score  at home and in  the playoffs," said Sharp. "That
 second  one  helped put us up  by three and  that was big. Hopefully these are
 just the first of many in this run."
 
 Devin  Setoguchi  and Marco Scandella  each scored for the eighth-seeded Wild,
 who saw Josh Harding tagged for four goals on 47 shots.
 
 "As  much as we  want to forget about this one because it's going to sting, we
 have  to remember  that they brought their best game tonight," said Setoguchi.
 "They  finished the season  as the best team in the league and they showed it.
 We just have to regroup and be ready to play our best game on Sunday."
 
 Game 3 of this series will take place in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.
 
 Chicago  had a goal waived off five minutes in after Kane kicked the puck into
 the net, but the team took the lead at the 8:34 mark.
 
 On  the play, Andrew Shaw's shot from the right wing was blocked, but the puck
 bounced over to the right side and Frolik slammed it home for his first of the
 playoffs.
 
 In  the second period,  the Blackhawks took a 2-0 lead just 49 seconds in as a
 rush play saw a backhand pass by Duncan Keith on the right wing get deflected,
 but the disc went to the slot and Frolik shot it past Harding.
 
 Minnesota got its second power play of the game midway through the second when
 Brandon  Bollig was  called for boarding, but Crawford made several nice saves
 during  the advantage, including a couple of jam attempts from Zach Parise, to
 keep the team off the board.
 
 The  Wild, though,  finally broke  through  with 2:03  to play  in the  middle
 session  as  Matt Cullen fired  a pass  from the left  point over to the right
 where  Setoguchi  picked the  puck up  on the  fly and  lasered a wrister past
 Crawford to make it a 2-1 game heading to the third.
 
 Chicago  got the goal  back just 3:44 into the final frame as Kane grabbed the
 puck  behind the  left of the net and  passed it back the other way for Sharp,
 who lifted a backhand off the far post for a 3-1 advantage.
 
 It  was a  4-1 game with 5:52 to  play as Kane stickhandled in the slot before
 firing a turnaround pass over to the left circle where Sharp was all alone for
 the easy slam dunk.
 
 Scandella  scored  his first career  playoff goal off  a wrister from the left
 circle  with bodies in front to make it a two-goal game, but it came with 3:31
 left  and the Wild were unable to get anything going the rest of the way, with
 Bryan Bickell's empty-netter in the final seconds finalizing the score.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars met six times in the playoffs (1982,
 '83,  '84, '85,  '90 and '91) with  Chicago winning four of those meetings ...
 Chicago took two of the three meetings against Minnesota in the regular season
 ...  Cullen and Shaw  each had two assists in the game ... Neither team scored
 on the power play with Chicago failing on four chances and Minnesota on two.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 05/04 02:20:31 ET