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Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews looks to pass against Minnesota Wild's Matt Moulson and Ilya Bryzgalov in the 2nd period at the United Center on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Chicago. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild, 4-1, during Game 2 of a Western Conference semifinal. (Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Blackhawks down Wild 4-1 in Game 2

CHICAGO -- Behind goals from Jonathan Toews, Bryan Bickell and two goals from Brandon Saad, the Blackhawks defeated the Wild 4-1 on Sunday at the United Center to take a 2-0 lead in their series.

Game 3 is Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn., at the XCel Energy Center.

Toews continued his strong postseason, slapping home a rebound to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead after the first period.

Toews' goal came after Marian Hossa had a breakaway against Wild goaltender Ilya Byzgalov. Bryzgalov got a pad on Hossa's shot but it deflected in the air. Toews slapped the rebound past an out-of-position Bryzgalov for the lead at 11:02 of the first period. It was his fourth goal of the postseason.

The Wild struggled to generate any first-period offense, getting just two shots on goal to the Hawks' seven.

In the second, the Hawks came up empty on their second power play of the game, but just seconds after the power play ended, Brandon Saad fired a shot from the slot past Bryzgalov to take a 2-0 lead at 19:04. It was Saad's first goal of the playoffs. After two periods, the Wild and Hawks each put 15 shots on net.

The Wild finally struck early in the third period when Cody McCormick sent in a shot from the slot after some nice puck movement from the Wild. Erik Kaula shuffled a pass to Clayton Stoner, who found McCormick in the slot for a goal.

The Wild kept applying the pressure, missing on a few close opportunities before Bickell gave the Hawks breathing room. A few minutes after hitting the post with a shot, Bickell converted from the slot on a two-on-one break with Hossa at 17:15. It was Bickell's fifth goal of the playoffs.

Saad added an empty netter at 18:37, outracing Jared Spurgeon for a loose puck.

Blackhawks winger Andrew Shaw is out for Game 2 because of a lower-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said before the game.

Kris Versteg is back in the lineup after missing the last two games to help compensate for Shaw's loss. Joakim Nordstrom and Jeremy Morin are also in the lineup. Morin made his playoff debut. Brandon Bollig is a healthy scratch.

Quenneville also said Shaw would make the trip for Game 3 to St. Paul.

Shaw left Game 1 in the first period after taking a hard hit to the boards from Stoner.

"He's a competitive guy. He's a hard-working type of guy," Quenneville said. "We'll fill his spot today and expect him back."

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