CHICAGO (AP) -- Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Thursday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1.
Chicago sent the Wild home for the season with a dominating 5-1 victory Thursday night, clinching the series four games to one.
The Wild controlled the pace of the game until Kyle Brodziak lost track of Marian Hossa, who took a pass just inside the left circle and ripped a shot past Josh Harding for a 1-0 lead at 15:39 of the first period.
At 3:19 of the second period, Harding gave up a soft goal on a wrap-around shot by Marcus Kruger.
Head coach Mike Yeo said that was the goal that "kind of did us in."
Chicago would add to the series-clinching drubbing with a 5-on-3 power play goal in the third — scored by Patrick Sharp, who led all players in the series with five goals.
The Wild's top line and power play unit once again failed to click. Zach Parise finished the series with an ugly minus-7 rating. As a team, the Wild was 0-17 on the power play (0-2 in Game 5).
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