Blackhawks Edge Wild 2-1 in Game 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews had a rebound goal early in the third period, and the Chicago 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 Chicago bounced back from consecutive losses in Minnesota that handed the momentum to the Wild heading into Game 5.
But the Blackhawks 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.
Seventh heaven again for Rangers
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers are now 3-0 this season when facing elimination.
The Rangers have forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals by downing Pittsburgh for the second straight game, this time 3-1. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots and blanked the Penguins after Brandon Sutter scored late in the first period to make it 2-1. Before that Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin tallied 2:51 apart to put the Rangers ahead to stay.
Derick Brassard scored for the third time in two games since recording just one goal in the Rangers' first 11 postseason contests.
Game 7 is Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Thornton fined for squirting
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston forward Shawn Thornton has been fined more than $2,800 for squirting water from the bench at Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban in the final minute of last night's playoff game.
The fine of $2,820.52 is the maximum allowed under the league's collective bargaining agreement with the union.
The Bruins lead their Eastern Conference semifinal series three games to two following their 4-2 win over the Canadiens.