ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Brandon Saad raced into the offensive zone, spun around a defenseman and put a behind-the-back pass right on the stick of Patrick Kane.
The flashiest move of the game resulted in a goal by Kane that sealed the deal for the Hawks during a 5-1 victory over the Wild on Monday night at Xcel Energy Center. The highlight-reel score came after some good old-fashioned hard work had given the Hawks a lead they never relinquished in snapping a two-game losing streak.
Saad and Kane each finished with a goal and an assist while Patrick Sharp, Sheldon Brookbank and Nick Leddy also scored as the Hawks exacted some revenge for Saturday night's loss to the Wild at the United Center.
"We were looking for a bounce-back game here and we came out flying from the beginning," Saad said.
The Hawks improved to 7-2-3 with their largest margin of victory this season. Corey Crawford made 29 saves -- yielding only a second-period goal by Jason Pominville -- and Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was on the receiving end of the Hawks' offensive explosion a game after stifling the defending Stanley Cup champions.
"That was one of our best 60-minute efforts of the season to this point," Sharp said. "A lot of positive things you can take out of this game. Above all, we played good team defense. Five guys in the picture all the time and that's the way we have to play to be successful."
The Hawks struck first late in the opening period and it came as the result of a workmanlike effort from Marian Hossa. The veteran winger engaged in a puck battle behind the Minnesota goal with Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, and Hossa prevailed when he poked the puck to Sharp. After gathering the puck, Sharp tucked it past Backstrom to the stick side. It was Sharp's second score of the season and snapped a five-game goalless skid.
In the second, Pominville tied it at 1-1 when the veteran unleashed a cannon shot from the right circle that Crawford barely flinched on as it sailed by him.
The Wild's momentum was short-lived as Brookbank scored his first goal of the season less than two minutes later. Kane controlled a rebound of a shot by Leddy that Marcus Kruger got a stick on en route to the net, circled behind the goal and fed Brookbank, who stepped into a one-timer and scored.
A little more than three minutes later, Leddy extended the lead to 3-1 with the Hawks on the power play. Defenseman Brent Seabrook made a strong effort to keep the puck in the offensive zone and found an open Leddy, who fired in a shot from the point.
It wasn't all work and no play for the Hawks as Saad made one of the prettiest moves of the season to feed Kane for a goal that put the game out of reach. Saad raced into Wild zone, spun around Suter and sent a behind-the-back pass to his teammate, and Kane shoveled it into the gaping net for a 4-1 Hawks lead.
Saad wasn't done as he broke free and slipped the puck through Backstrom's pads to put the game well out of reach midway through the third.
"We played with a purpose and got some contributions across the board," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We might have had the most consistent game we've had."
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