After the Minnesota Wild had the advantage in the first period and the Chicago Blackhawks had the advantage in the second period, the two teams entered the third period of game 5 tied at 1.
The Blackhawks began the third period reverting back to their first period ways. The Blackhawks were sluggish at the start of the third period as the team struggled with turnovers in the neutral zone.
Though, Blackhawks’ captain Jonathan Toews quickly changed the fortune for the Blackhawks. Toews scored the go-ahead goal for the Blackhawks at the 4:33 mark in the third period. The goal by Toews gave the Blackhawks their first lead of the game.
Beyond the goal by Toews, Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford stole the show in the third period. Crawford was brilliant in the third period while making several notable saves.
Toews’ goal would prove to be the difference maker for the Blackhawks and lift the team to a 2-1 victory in game 5 and a 3-2 series lead.
Game 5 between the Blackhawks and Wild was reminiscent of the Blackhawks’ 2013 championship run. The Blackhawks may have been slow out of the gate, but in the end, they were the team on top.
The Blackhawks can secure a trip to the Western Conference finals with a victory on Tuesday in Minnesota.