STAR TRIBUNE’S THREE STARS

1. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Blackhawks: Defenseman got extra ice time after injury to Michal Rozsival, ended up crucial assist, +2 with three blocked shots.

2. Patrick Kane, Blackhawks: Goal and assist, continued his dominance against the Wild in playoff series.

3. Matt Dumba, Wild: Set up two goals, led the team in shots (5) and assists (3).

 

BY THE NUMBERS

5 Appearances in the Western Conference finals in the past seven seasons by the Blackhawks.

2 Goals in the final 10 periods of the series by Wild forwards.

177:12 Minutes and seconds in the series between goals for the Wild forwards, before Erik Haula’s second period goal.

CHRIS MILLER