Bryan Bickell scored twice and added an assist as the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks scored a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild Sunday afternoon.
Jonathan Toews opened the scoring 11 minutes into the first period, cashing in a rebound after Ilya Bryzgalov had turned aside Marian Hossa‘s breakaway attempt. Hossa was sent in alone on a nice pass from Bickell.
Bickell picked up a loose puck along the boards after he missed a pass from Saad, and returned the pass and Saad walked into the middle of the slot and put a wrist shot top shelf to double the lead with less than a minute left in the second.
As the Chicago Blackhawks looked to avoid the recent curse of the two goal lead, Minnesota got on the board at the 2 minute mark of the second when Cody McCormick took a short drop pass from Clayton Stoner and wristed a shot past Crawford.
Chicago played a lock-down game in the third period, allowing just 4 shots on goal as the Wild couldn’t get the equalizer. Bickell made it a two goal lead firing a shot over the shoulder of Bryzgalov with less than 3 minutes left and then Saad finished it off with the empty netter to allow the Chicago Blackhawks to head to Minnesota with a 2-0 series lead.