Chicago Blackhawks

Toews helps Hawks beat Wild, take 3-2 series lead

CHICAGO – Jonathan Toews had a rebound goal early in the third period, and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, on Sunday night to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Bryan Bickell also scored and Corey Crawford made 27 saves as the Hawks bounced back from consecutive losses in Minnesota that handed the momentum to the Wild heading into Game 5.

But the Hawks were back at the United Center, where they improved to 6-0 in this postseason and 17-2 over the past two playoffs.

Erik Haula scored in the first period for the Wild, and Ilya Bryzgalov had 26 stops.

Game 6 is Tuesday night in Minnesota, where the Wild are undefeated in this postseason.

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