ST. PAUL, Minn. — It was a tussle as expected with the Minnesota Wild, facing elimination, giving the Blackhawks everything it could.
Still, the Blackhawks withstood enough of it, with Corey Crawford coming up big again and Patrick Kane scoring a critical goal again. And for the third consecutive season, the Blackhawks will head to the Western Conference Final.
Marian Hossa’s first goal of the postseason proved to be the game-winner and Crawford stopped 34 of 37 shots as the Blackhawks beat the Wild 4-3 at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night. The Blackhawks swept the Wild in four games and will get some time to rest before the next round begins. When that begins isn’t known yet; the Blackhawks are the first to wrap up a second-round series.
Kane scored his fifth goal of this series for a 3-1 lead in the third period. Kane now has 104 points in 103 career postseason games.
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