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Wild vs. Blackhawks 2015 results: 3 things we learned from Chicago's 4-1 win

Corey Crawford led the Blackhawks to a big Game 2 win.

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The Chicago Blackhawks rode a solid goaltending performance from Corey Crawford to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Game 2.

A sluggish first period gave way to a flurry of chances for both teams in the second period. After a tripping penalty cost the Wild a minor injury to Chris Stewart and Chicago a trip to the penalty box, Marian Hossa led a 2-on-1 breakaway that resulted in a Jonathan Toews shorthanded goal.

Minnesota tried to respond immediately with two strong chances from Zach Parise and Kyle Brodziak, but Crawford shut them both down with great saves. That allowed Chicago to retain momentum through the end of the period, when Patrick Kane broke down the right wing and snapped a shot past Devan Dubnyk to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead.

The Wild got one back soon after when Mathew Dumba's shot from the left circle found its way past Crawford to bring his team within one goal. Minnesota's comeback attempt fizzled, however, as Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane iced the game with an empty-net goal in the waning minutes to give Chicago a 2-0 series lead.

3 things we learned

1. Ryan Suter needs to play better

Faulting one defenseman for a team's loss is foolish, but it's equally so to ignore the fact he was a big factor. Suter has made glaring mistakes on four of Chicago's goals in the series so far, including two in Game 2. For a guy who eats up as many big minutes as Suter, the Wild need more from him and he probably knows it.

2. Corey Crawford is back

We're referring to the Corey Crawford that carried Chicago a Stanley Cup, not the Corey Crawford that provided middling results in the first round. Crawford was excellent in Game 2, stopping 30 of 31 shots against while shutting down the Wild at crucial moments. When the Blackhawks took their first lead in the second period, it was Crawford who made two huge saves immediately after to preserve momentum.

3. The quiet room was underutilized in Game 2

We're still not sure why Crawford wasn't required to leave the game to gather himself after he was dazed by a shot to the head.