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NHL playoffs roundup: Frolik, Sharp score two apiece as Hawks go up 2-0

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford saves a shot by Minnesota's Charlie Coyle during the first period of Game 2 of the teams' first-round Eastern Conference series Friday in Chicago. The Hawks won 5-2.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford saves a shot by Minnesota's Charlie Coyle during the first period of Game 2 of the teams' first-round Eastern Conference series Friday in Chicago. The Hawks won 5-2.

Patrick Sharp and Michael Frolik had two goals apiece, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Friday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

Patrick Kane added two assists as Chicago put together a strong start and impressive finish to open a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Hawks outshot the Wild 47-28 Friday night after winning a grinder Tuesday night. Bryan Bickell added an empty-net score to his winning goal in Game 1.

Game 3 is Sunday afternoon in Minnesota.

Devin Setoguchi and Marco Scandella scored for the Wild, who are making their first postseason appearance in 5 years.

Islanders 4, Penguins 3: Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 left helped the Isles even the Eastern Conference first-round series in Pittsburgh.

Matt Moulson, Colin McDonald and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders, who spoiled Sidney Crosby’s comeback from a broken jaw by rallying from a 3-1 deficit.

Crosby scored twice in the game’s first 8 minutes, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves for Pittsburgh.

Evgeni Nabokov overcame a sluggish start to stop 30 shots.

Canadiens 3, Senators 1: Ryan White started a three-goal second period, and goalie Carey Price was back in top form with 29 saves that helped even the Eastern Conference series in Montreal.

Brendan Gallagher and Michael Ryder also scored for Montreal. Milan Michalek scored for Ottawa, which was let down by a power play that went 0-for-4.

There was anticipation of rough play after Eric Gryba’s hit that saw Montreal’s Lars Eller carried off the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher with a concussion and some missing teeth in Ottawa’s 4-2 win in the series opener on Thursday night. Eller spent the night in hospital and was released Friday morning.

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