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14 May 2020, 05:46

CHICAGO -- Bryan Bickell had an open look on a break in the third period, and shot the puck off the crossbar. He then tried the other side of the ice, and that worked out quite well for him and the Chicago Blackhawks. Bickell had a goal and two assists, and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Brandon Saad scored his first two goals of the post-season, and Chicago earned its sixth consecutive win despite stretches of lacklustre play in the second and third periods. Corey Crawford made 18 saves in another solid performance. "There were bits of that third where it wasnt looking good, but we just stuck with it," Bickell said. "Leave it to our D and Crawford to keep the puck out of the net. We need to be smarter defensively in positioning, but we stuck with it and got over the hump." Cody McCormick scored his second career playoff goal, but Minnesota missed another chance to steal home-ice advantage from the defending Stanley Cup champions. "We werent that far off," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "Even though, again, I know we can play better. We werent that far off. That game was hanging for us." The series opener was tied at 2 in the third period before Patrick Kane scored two of Chicagos final three goals in a 5-2 victory on Friday night. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Minnesota. Clayton Stoner and Erik Haula made nice passes to set up McCormicks first playoff goal in three years 2 minutes into the third, trimming Chicagos lead to 2-1. Crawford then batted a potential tying shot from Charlie Coyle over the crossbar. "I almost missed it, where it might have gone in," Crawford said. "Just enough to land on top." The Blackhawks eventually regained their composure and turned up the pressure again. Coming down the right side, Bickell shot the puck off the crossbar on a break with 4:39 to go. Given a second chance, the physical forward delivered. Bickell skated up the left side, got a pass from Marian Hossa and buried his shot into the upper right corner to extend Chicagos lead to 3-1 at 17:15. It was Bickells fifth goal of the playoffs. He also has three assists after he had nine goals and eight assists in last years playoffs. "Its that time of year. I enjoy it," said Bickell, who had just 15 points during a disappointing regular season. "This is a crucial time for this team. We need for me and this team to step up." Saad added an empty-net goal, and the Blackhawks improved to 16-2 in home playoff games over the last two years. They are 5-0 at the United Center in this post-season. "You always want to help produce and make plays and score goals, so that definitely felt good," Saad said. Chicago jumped out to a 2-0 lead for the second straight game. Jonathan Toews scored a rebound goal after goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped Hossa on a breakaway in the first, and Saad sent a shot over Bryzgalovs right shoulder right after a power play expired in the second. Haula had a great scoring opportunity on the right side of the net after Crawford lost track of the puck in the first. But Ben Smith got it back, and Haula put a drive off the side of the net. "Im disappointed that were here down 2-0, frustrated," Wild star Zach Parise said. "But we understand that we didnt play nearly well enough to win. I think thats what were upset about, not so much being down 2-0. Thats not fun, either, but the way we played wasnt good enough, and definitely not good enough to beat the Blackhawks." The Wild failed to convert on their only power play after going 0 for 3 with the man advantage in the opener. They went 0 for 17 on the power play when they were eliminated by the Blackhawks in five games in 2013. NOTES: Bryzgalov made 18 saves. ... Blackhawks F Andrew Shaw was out with a lower-body injury, but is expected to travel with the team to Minnesota. Coach Joel Quenneville said he likely will be able to play in Game 3. ... Blackhawks F Brandon Bollig was a healthy scratch after he played in every previous game this season. F Kris Versteeg was back after he was scratched the previous two games, and F Jeremy Morin made his playoff debut. ... Minnesota F Justin Fontaine had his first action since the Wilds 5-2 victory against Colorado in Game 6 of their first-round series. Stephane Veilleux was among the scratches after he played almost nine minutes in the series opener against Chicago. https://www.neworleansfootballshop.com/81-Jersey .Y. -- In a span of three days, Shabazz Napier and Connecticut knocked out both Philadelphia schools in the NCAA tournament. https://www.neworleansfootballshop.com/3-Jersey . - Their offence is underperforming. https://www.neworleansfootballshop.com/32-Jersey. Team officials travelled to Los Angeles on Thursday night to meet with the free agent, a person with knowledge of the plans said. https://www.neworleansfootballshop.com/10-Jersey . Pironkova, who was ranked outside the top 100 despite reaching the Wimbledon semifinals in 2010, beat three top 10 players in Sydney, 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani, 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Kerber. https://www.neworleansfootballshop.com/67-Jersey . Vonn had another scary moment at Saturdays World Cup downhill in Val dIsere, ending up clutching her knee in pain after losing her balance and missing a gate. But she gave a reassuring answer shortly afterward, saying no new damage had been done to the surgically repaired knee, and that her plans for the Sochi Olympics were still intact.Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Jennings scored 34 points, handed out 10 assists and came up with the game-sealing steal in the final seconds as the Detroit Pistons stole a 114-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors Monday. The Pistons trailed by 14 at one point and rallied behind Jennings and double- doubles from Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Jodie Meeks and Jonas Jerebko both hit clutch shots down the stretch as Detroit improved to 9-1 since waiving Josh Smith. Monroe finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Drummond added 10 and 14 for the Pistons, who forced 19 turnovers and won despite the Raptors making 54 percent of their shots. Toronto had seven players score in double figures, with Jonas Valanciunas career-high 31 points and 12 rebounds leading the way, but the Atlantic Division leaders fell for the fifth time in six games. The Raptors had won 38 straight games at Air Canada Centre when leading after three quarters. Their previous loss coincidentally came against the Pistons on April 1, 2013. They held a slim 83-82 lead entering a seesaw final frame that featured six lead changes and five ties. Jerebko drained consecutive jumpers to give the Pistons a 109-106 lead with under two minutes to play, and Meeks connected from long range the next time down for a 112-108 advantage inside the final minute. Kyle Lowry, who was held scoreless over the first threee quarters but wound up with 10 points and 12 assists, answered with a corner 3-pointer, then had a chance for a go-ahead bucket with time winding down.dddddddddddd. His floater over Monroe, however, hit the back of the rim, and after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made two free throws, Jennings was stripped by Lowry at midcourt before he had a chance to get a shot off. The Raptors had trailed after the first quarter in nine of their previous 11 games, but there was no slow start in this one, as they connected on 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) from the floor in the opening 12 minutes. Valanciunas and Terrence Ross outscored the Pistons by themselves, and their 24 combined points paved the way for a 32-20 advantage. Toronto slowed down only slightly in the second quarter, but the Pistons kept countering and stayed within a dozen, 60-48, at halftime. Detroit was still down by double-digits before Jennings spearheaded a comeback with 15 third-quarter points. His two free throws capped a 17-4 run and gave Detroit its first lead at 72-70 with under five minutes left in the frame. Game Notes Toronto had won the previous four meetings ... Detroit has won six straight on the road, one shy of matching the franchise record .... Valanciunas shot 14- of-15 from the floor ... Ross scored 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter ... Lowry committed seven turnovers. ' ' '
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