Blackhawks vs. Wild Game 5 Update: Chicago leads big, close to advancing

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Minnesota is putting up a fight, but the Hawks offensive stars are too much to handle.

The Chicago Blackhawks expanded their lead to 3-0 in Game 5 before the Minnesota Wild signaled they might mount a comeback. That comeback lasted 37 seconds before Chicago scored again to end the second period with a 4-1 lead.

Marian Hossa's second goal of the game was sandwiched by goals from Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw as the Hawks outshot Minnesota 13-8 in the second period.

Josh Harding started this game for Minnesota after leaving Game 4 with an injury, but it's possible the Wild will regret that decision. He looked off on two of the goals and was pulled for Darcy Kuemper after Hossa made it 3-0:

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That rather soft goal came after an even worse one, a too easy wraparound by Kruger:

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Kuemper relieved Harding and stopped four of five shots. But his goaltending almost doesn't matter at this point. To keep their season alive, the Wild will need a massive comeback in the third period.

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