ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each scored in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks stretched their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
Tomas Kopecky also scored in the second, Marian Hossa sealed it with a short-handed goal with 1:52 left, and the surging Blackhawks crept a little bit closer to last year's Stanley Cup championship form.
The Wild paid for a flat first two periods and lost to one of their primary competitors in the crowded Western Conference race. They're in the constantly changing final playoff spot with 72 points, and the Blackhawks barged into sixth place with 74 points.
Toews had two assists and has 23 points in his last 14 games. Hossa scored for the fourth straight game and Sharp got his 33rd goal of the season, tied for second-most in the NHL.
Martin Havlat and Brent Burns scored for the Wild.