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Blackhawks at Wild final score 2017: Jonathan Toews goes off for 5 points

Jonathan Toews stole the show, but his whole line got in on the action.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks rolled to an impressive 5-3 win over the Wild on Tuesday night behind a dominant effort from the top line. Jonathan Toews recorded five points, Nick Schmaltz had three, and Richard Panik had two in an incredible performance.

Since joining the Wild, the Blackhawks have been unable to solve Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk — in the regular season, at least. The netminder was 8-0 against Chicago outside of the playoffs as he put that streak on the line again on Tuesday.

Then Toews promptly put an end to it, showing up in St. Paul with a five-point night and one of the best performances of his career.

Here’s how it happened:

First Period

The Hawks have generally been much better at starting strong throughout February, but that old problem seemed to pop up again in Minnesota on Tuesday night. While the Wild didn’t exactly dominate on shots (Hawks took a 15-14 lead in the first), they certainly had more — and better — scoring chances throughout the period. If not for a few acrobatic saves from Corey Crawford, the game could’ve gotten out of hand early. Instead, the Hawks found their footing and finished with some strong shifts in the latter half of the frame.

Second Period

The momentum carried over after intermission with Jonathan Toews scoring his 13th goal of the year just 58 seconds into the period. Toews parked himself in front of the net and tapped in a rebound off a Brian Campbell slap shot to open up the scoring. That kicked off a furious five-minute stretch that saw the Wild even things up after Duncan Keith uncharacteristically failed to clear the puck on a penalty kill, allowing Mikael Granlund to poke the puck past Crawford. Just 41 seconds after that, the Hawks’ top line struck again with Toews finding Richard Panik in the slot for a quick wrist shot to put the Hawks back on top. The Toews line continued to stand out for the rest of the period as Chicago took a 2-1 lead (28-19 SOG) into the break.

Third Period

Everything culminated in a bonkers third period that saw Schmaltz score a goal 33 seconds into the frame, then make one of his prettiest plays this season — a blind, backhand pass to Toews in front of the net for his fourth point of the night.

In between, Zach Parise scored to keep the Wild afloat. That goal loomed even larger as Tanner Kero took a penalty in the offensive zone with Nino Niederreiter scoring off the ensuing power play draw.

With a 4-3 lead, the Hawks were more or less trying to survive while Parise had another goal called back on a high-stick and Ryan Suter hitting iron not long after.

Toews finally put an end to the threat with an empty-netter to complete his hat trick and tally his fifth point of the night.

SCH’s 3 Stars

1. Jonathan Toews (3 goal, 2 assists)

2. Nick Schmaltz (1 goal, 2 assist)

3. Richard Panik (1 goal, 1 assist)

What’s next?

The Hawks head back to Chicago for a Thursday night matchup with Arizona. The Coyotes have the worst record in the Pacific Division and the second-worst in the Western Conference.