Chicago Blackhawks Tame Minnesota Wild 5-1

A highlight-reel score from Patrick Kane off a spin-o-rama feed from Brandon Saad sealed the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night at Xcel Energy Center.

Saad and Kane each had a goal and an assist while Patrick Sharp, Sheldon Brookbank and Nick Leddy also scored while Corey Crawford earned the win in net, snapping a two-game losing skid.

Crawford made 29 saves – only a Jason Pominville second period goal – and Niklas Backstrom was on the receiving end of an explosive Hawks’ offensive avenging their loss to the Wild on Saturday night at the United Center.

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Winger Marian Hossa battled behind the net with Wild defenseman Ryan Suter before sending a feed to Sharp, who sneaked it past Backstrom in the first period for a 1-0 lead. It was his second goal of the season.

Pominville tied it 1-1 with a blast from the right circle that sailed past Crawford in the second period.

Two minutes later Brookbank scored his first goal of the season to regain the momentum and the lead for good. Kane gathered a Leddy rebound and sent a feed from behind the net to Brookbank, who rifled a one-timer for a 2-1 lead.

Leddy extended the lead to 3-1 with a power play goal three minutes later. Defenseman Brent Seabrook corralled a Wild clearing attempt and found Leddy at the point.

The highlight of the night came when Saad raced into the Wild zone, spun around Suter and sent a behind-the-back pass to Kane, who tossed it into an open net. Saad netted his own score a few minutes later to put the game away.

Ben Smith and Michal Rozsival were both healthy scratches for the Hawks while Michal Handzus was out with an upper-body injury, he is likely to miss Tuesday night’s game against Ottawa too.

The Hawks return to the United Center Tuesday night to face off against the Ottawa Senators at 7:00 p.m. CT (CSN-CH/WGN 720).

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Topics: Brandon Saad, Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, NHL, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Shelton Brookbank

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