The Chicago Blackhawks got all of the scoring that they needed in the second period of a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. After taking a 1-1 tie into the second period, the Blackhawks quickly scored three goals in less than ten minutes in the second period to pull away.
Minnesota got a goal in the middle of the third period that cut Chicago's lead down to two goals, but that was as close as it would get from there. The Blackhawks held on in the later minutes and Dave Bolland scored an empty net goal with less than two minutes remaining to effectively put the game away. It was Bolland's second goal of the night.
The win gives Chicago two in a row, and bumps its record up to 26-13-5 this season. The Blackhawks are back in second place in the Western Conference, not far behind the Vancouver Canucks. As for Minnesota, it moves to 22-16-6 on the season.