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Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad (20) scores a goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) during the third period at Xcel Energy Center. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-1. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhawks cruise past Wild

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By Jess Myers, The Sports Xchange

SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- On Saturday, the Minnesota Wild went to Chicago and handed the Blackhawks their first home loss of the season. A mere 48 hours later, the Blackhawks returned the favor, winning 5-1 in Minnesota on Monday.

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Patrick Sharp, Sheldon Brookbank, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored for Chicago, and Corey Crawford made 29 saves as the Blackhawks (7-2-3) snapped a two-game winless streak.

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