Published May 05. 2014 4:00AM
Blackhawks 4, Wild 1
Bryan Bickell had a goal and two assists, and Chicago beat Minnesota on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Brandon Saad scored his first two goals of the postseason, and Chicago earned its sixth consecutive win despite stretches of lackluster play in the second and third periods. Corey Crawford made 18 saves in another solid performance.
Cody McCormick scored his second career playoff goal, but Minnesota missed another chance to steal home-ice advantage from the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The series opener was tied at 2 in the third period before Patrick Kane scored two of Chicago's final three goals in a 5-2 victory on Friday night.
Game 3 is Tuesday night in Minnesota.
Clayton Stoner and Erik Haula made nice passed to set up McCormick's first playoff goal in three years 2 minutes into the third, trimming Chicago's lead to 2-1.
Crawford then batted a potential tying shot from Charlie Coyle over the crossbar.
The Blackhawks eventually regained their composure and turned up the pressure again. Bickell shot the puck off the crossbar on a break with 4:39 to go.
Given a second chance, the physical forward delivered. Marian Hossa and Bickell got loose on another break, and Bickell buried his shot into the upper right corner to extend Chicago's lead to 3-1 at 17:15.
Kings 3, Ducks 2
Marian Gaborik scored with seven seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and then scored 12:07 into the extra period to lift Los Angeles to a win against Anaheim in the opener of the first playoff series between the Southern California teams.
Gaborik redirected Anze Kopitar's shot past Jonas Hiller for the winner before being mobbed in the corner by his teammates.
The Ducks appeared poised for a win after 43-year-old Teemu Selanne beat Jonathan Quick between the pads for a go-ahead goal with 11:52 to play in regulation.
But the Kings pulled Quick for a sixth attacker with 1:22 left. Mike Richards took a shot from along the left boards, and Gaborik wristed the rebound past Hiller.
It was L.A.'s fifth straight win.