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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) blocks a shot by Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund (64) during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Chicago, Friday.

Kane lifts Blackhawks over Wild 5-2 in Game 1

CHICAGO – Patrick Kane scored two goals for Chicago in the third period, including a terrific dash through the Minnesota zone for the tiebreaking score, and the Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night.

Bryan Bickell also scored twice for the Blackhawks, who have won five in a row after losing their first two playoff games. Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist as the defending Stanley Cup champions made the most of two costly high-sticking penalties on Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday.

Clayton Stoner and Kyle Brodziak scored in the third period for Minnesota.

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