Western Conference Quarterfinals: Game 5 vs. Minnesota
/ Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-1 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals to wrap up the series and move on to the conference semifinals, where they will face the Detroit Red Wings.
Jonathan Toews takes the ice for warmups before the start of Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference Quarterfinals on May 9, 2013, at the United Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-1 behind goals from four different players.
Corey Crawford, Michal Rozsival and Minnesota's Matt Cullen react to a loose puck on May 9. "This is definitely a good start for us," Crawford said of the series after the game. "Tonight especially, we didn’t want to go back to their rink. We made sure we left everything on the ice and it was a good win for us.”
Marian Hossa celebrates with Jonathan Toews after scoring in the first period. Hossa scored again in the second and added an assist in the third to bring his point total for the series to six (3G, 3A), tied for first on the team.
Fans cheer and wave rally towels after Hossa scored in the first period.
Duncan Keith has a word with referee Chris Lee during a break in the action on May 9. Chicago and Minnesota logged an average of 8.0 and 8.8 penalty minutes per game during the five-game series, good for fifth and seventh lowest of the sixteen teams that made the first round.
Andrew Shaw celebrates his first goal of the series, which came 35 seconds after Minnesota got on the board in the second period, with Viktor Stalberg and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
Duncan Keith vies for possession of the puck along the boards with Minnesota's Mikko Koivu.
Corey Crawford makes a glove save against the Wild on May 9. Among netminders making a postseason appearance, his 1.32 GAA and .950 save percentage ranked second and tied for second respectively.
Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews react after Sharp scored on a power play in the third period. The goal would prove to be the last of the series.Click here to watch the replay.
The Blackhawks and Wild shake hands after time expired on May 9. Click here to watch a video of the postseason tradition.
Viktor Stalberg shakes the hand of Minnesota's Torrey Mitchell after the game on May 9.
Jonathan Toews and the team salute the fans on May 9. "“It feels good. We worked hard all season to get to this point," Toews said after the game. "You’ve got to be so hungry to win every single game. We can be happy to close out this fourth [win] because that’s always the toughest one.”
Patrick Kane and Corey Crawford share a laugh in the locker room after the game on May 9.
Patrick Sharp fields questions from reporters in the locker room after the game.
Joel Quenneville addresses the media during a post-game press conference. "I still think we have to be better," Quenneville said. "I still think there's another level we gotta get to to be more consistent in our game." Next the Blackhawks will take on the Detroit Red Wings for Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, starting with Game 1 on May 15, 2013.