The Chicago Blackhawks arched in the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul and easily handled the Minnesota Wild, 3-0, in front of their home crowd on their way to a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford 25 saves on the night for his second career postseason shutout.
Chicago jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from Patrick Sharp and they added to that lead in the second period when Sharp was able to sneak another puck in to the back of the net.
With a comfortable lead, Chicago headed in to the final period and controlled the action before Bryan Bickell added to the lead and gave the Blackhawks a commanding 3-0 lead with just over six minutes remaining in the game.
It was all Chicago and they now have Minnesota’s back up against the wall.
The two teams will return to action on Thursday, May 9, when the series heads back to the United Center. Chicago will have the opportunity to lock up the series at home, where they won the first two games of the series in front of their rowdy supporters.