Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig (52) takes a shot in front of Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba (55) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO - Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves in his first win of the season and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Saturday night in a rematch of their first-round playoff series.
Jason Pominville had two goals in his 600th career game as Minnesota earned its third consecutive win.
Zach Parise, Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine also scored for the Wild, and Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund had two assists apiece.
Bryan Bickell scored for the fourth consecutive game for the Blackhawks, who had recorded at least one point in each of their past seven games. Patrick Kane added his team-best sixth goal in the third period.
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