Everything the Minnesota Wild did in game one was gone in game two.

The Chicago Blackhawks fired shot after shot at Josh Harding and eventually busted the game open in the third period for a 5-2 win Friday at the United Center.

The Blackhawks (2-0) had a clear plan of taking any possible shot they could, no matter the angle or location. That philosophy resulted in 77 attempted shots (48 on goal, 21 blocked and eight missed the net).

The President's Trophy winners created several good bounces for themselves that resulted in goals.

Michael Frolik was in the right place at the right time for the first two goals of the game. The puck found its way to his stick just outside the crease off a blocked shot by the Wild defensemen on both scores. The second came with the Wild on the power play following a turnover in the neutral zone by Mikko Koivu.

Koivu struggled for the Wild. He was a non-factor and took three penalties, one eight seconds after the Wild got back to within two goals.

Despite being thoroughly outplayed through the first two periods, the Wild found themselves within one goal. Devin Setoguchi gave the Wild hope with a short breakaway goal off a pass from Matt Cullen with two minutes and three seconds remaining in the middle stanza.

The back-breaking goal came early in the third when Patrick Sharp picked the pocket of Jonas Brodin at the side of the net and got a shot just inside the far post. The Blackhawks re-claimed a two-goal lead on the goal early in the third period.

Sharp later scored his second goal off a spin-around pass from Patrick Kane to extend the lead to three goals for the Blackhawks.

Marco Scandella got the Wild back to within two goals with three minutes and 31 seconds remaining in the game.

Bryan Bickell added an empty-net goal to seal the victory.

While the Blackhawks improved their play from game one to game two, the Wild did not and now face a crucial game three at home.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Michael Frolik. The Blackhawks forward scored two goals.

No. 2 – Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks forward recorded two assists.

No. 1 – Patrick Sharp. The Blackhawks forward scored two goals.


Minnesota…..0 1 1 – 2

Chicago……..1 1 3 – 5

First Period – 1, Chicago, Frolik 1 (Shaw, Leddy), 8:34. Penalties – Koivu, Min (roughing), 15:42; Suter, Min (roughing), 15:42; Shaw, Chi (slashing), 15:42.

Second Period – 2, Chicago, Frolik 2 (Keith, Hjalmarsson), :49 (sh). 3, Minnesota, Setoguchi 1 (Cullen, Zucker), 17:57. Penalties – Toews, Chi (high sticking), :34; Bollig, Chi (boarding), 10:33; Brodziak, Min (slashing), 14:15.

Third Period – 4, Chicago, Sharp 1 (Kane, Handzus), 3:44. 5, Chicago, Sharp 2 (Kane, Handzus), 14:08. 6, Minnesota, Scandella 1 (Coyle, Cullen), 16:29. 7, Chicago, Bickell 2 (Shaw), 19:49 (en).Penalties – Koivu, Min (tripping), 9:37; Koivu, Min (hooking), 16:37.

Shots on goal – Minnesota 7-15-6 28. Chicago 17-14-17 48.

Goalies – Minnesota, Harding (43-47). Chicago, Crawford (26-28). Referees – Marc Joannette, Brian Pochmara. Linesmen – Lonnie Cameron, Jay Sharrers.