Toews Lifts Blackhawks Over Wild to Take 3-2 Series Lead
(CHICAGO) -- Jonathan Toews knocks a bouncing puck past Ilya Bryzgalov early in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks the lead for good as they beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Sunday, in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal.
Chicago now leads the series 3-2.
Wild winger Erik Haula got the scoring started in the first period when he scored on his own rebound. The score stayed that way until the second period when Hawks winger Bryan Bickell scored his sixth goal of the season, this one on the power-play, to tie the game at two. It stayed that way until Toews scored the eventual game-winner in the third.
"The whole game, the whole series has been very tight," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "Still not a lot of room and space, but that's what we've got to fight through. I thought we showed more determination in the puck area tonight."
Though it was stil tough to get pucks past Bryzgalov. He made 26 saves in the loss.
Corey Crawford stopped 27 for Chicago, which can now wrap up the series Tuesday night in Minnesota.
"We just need a better effort," Wild winger Zach Parise said. "Not that it was terrible. I mean, we had our chance to win at the end of the game. We did some things really well. But I think we can be better, and we know we can be better."
The fact that Game 6 is in Minnesota makes that statement sound even better. The Wild have yet to lose at the Xcel Energy Center this postseason.
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