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(SportsNetwork. Ryan Garbutt Jersey .com) - Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks will take aim at a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference second round series when they host the Minnesota Wild in Sundays clash at United Center. You can watch all the action LIVE on TSN and online with TSN GO beginning at 3pm et/Noon pt. The defending Stanley Cup champions recorded a 5-2 win in Game 1 on Friday to grab an early lead in the best-of-seven series. Despite the final margin, the game was deadlocked early in the third period before Kane and his teammates took control of the contest for good. Chicago carried a 2-0 lead into the third, but Clayton Stoner and Kyle Brodziak scored under five minutes apart early in the frame to even the score for Minnesota. Thats when Kane kicked his quest for a second straight Conn Smythe Trophy into high gear. Kane scored the first two of Chicagos three unanswered goals in the third period to help the Blackhawks win going away. The 25-year-old American now has five goals in this postseason, tying him for the most in the NHL during the 2014 playoffs. Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik also has five goals as does Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche, who were eliminated in the first round by Minnesota. Kanes first goal on Friday was of the highlight variety. The Chicago winger carried the disc down the left side and into the Minnesota zone before cutting through the high slot, where he faked a drop pass. Given room to work, Kane held off his defender and worked into the low right circle before lifting a filthy backhand over the short-side shoulder of Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. "It was one of those plays where I was about to drop it to (Patrick Sharp) but I saw both defencemen kind of go to him," Kane said of his tie-breaking goal. "I just tried to get in on the backhand and made a good shot." Kane doubled Chicagos lead at 16:47 when Sharps shot from the right point deflected off Ben Smiths stick in the circle and ricocheted to the low left side, where Kane was waiting to send the puck home for a 4-2 lead. Bryan Bickell added an empty-netter with 2:41 remaining to arrive at the final margin. Bickell had opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first. Corey Crawford registered 30 saves for the Blackhawks and Marian Hossa also scored. Bryzgalov started in net for the Wild in place of an injured Darcy Kuemper, who was forced to exit Minnesotas Game 7 victory over Colorado after sustaining an undisclosed injury late in the contest. Bryzgalov stopped the only shot he faced in relief against the Avalanche, but turned aside just 17-of-21 shots in Fridays setback. With Kuemper expected to miss another tilt, the situation in net will likely remain unchanged on Sunday. John Curry, a 30-year-old journeyman, suited up as Bryzgalovs backup on Friday and could do so again in Game 2. Curry has seen action in six career NHL games and none in the playoffs. The Wild, holders of the first of the Wests two wild card spots, are trying to avoid being eliminated by Chicago for the second time in as many years. Minnesota, which is in the second round of the postseason for the first time since 2003, lost to the Blackhawks in five games during the opening round last spring. Although the Wild appeared to be the better team at times in Game 1, Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo knows his team needs to play a more complete game to pull off an upset of the reigning champs. "There wasnt enough urgency in the details and the little things that add up to make the difference at this time of year," Yeo said. "We slipped a little bit from last game. We didnt bring the same level and so well rectify that." Minnesota was playing Game 1 in Chicago on the heels of winning a road Game 7 in Colorado on Wednesday. On Friday, tHe Wild fell to 1-7 all-time in the first contest of a series and havent won a Game 1 since their first-ever playoff game, a 4-2 win against Colorado on April 10, 2003. On the injury front for Chicago, forward Andrew Shaw left the game in the first period after absorbing a hit from Stoner and did not return. He is day- to-day with a lower-body injury and will not play Sunday. Game 3 of this series is scheduled for Tuesday in Minnesota, with the Wild also set to host the fourth meeting on Friday. Andrew Cogliano Jersey . New York (16-9-8) took over first place in the Eastern Conference and has the best record in the league with one game remaining. Houstons five-game unbeaten streak was snapped, and the Dynamo (13-11-9) are sixth in the East with one game remaining. Max Jones Jersey .com) - The disappointing Ottawa Senators hope to record consecutive wins for the first time since early November, as they visit the Boston Bruins on Friday for the opener of a home-and-home series.TAMPA, Fla. - A late-season loss already knocked Green Bay off-stride, and the hungry Packers know they cant afford to stumble again against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Its important to focus on what youre trying to accomplish each and every week as a football team, and always see the big picture. This is a game we have to win, coach Mike McCarty said, looking ahead to Sundays opportunity to get back on track. Tampa Bays dropped four straight, owns the NFCs worst record and is in line for landing the top pick in next springs NFL draft.The Packers (10-4) insist theres no way theyll be caught looking past the Bucs (2-12) after losing on the road at Buffalo a week ago, with Aaron Rodgers throwing for 185 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.Were looking for this to be a tough game, McCarthy said. And were taking a playoff approach because this is the time of year where you have to shift gears and make sure the awareness and urgency is heightened in your preparation and trusting the process leading up to the performance.Green Bays 21-13 loss to the Bills not only cost the Packers sole possession of first place in the NFC North, but it dealt a blow to the teams pursuit of home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.Despite the setback, they still control their fate in the division race. Beat Tampa Bay and close out the regular season with a win at home against Detroit, theyll finish first regardless of what the Lions do. A loss to the Bucs, combined with a Detroit win at struggling Chicago, and the Lions clinch the title.I think well be pretty focused after last week, receiver Jordy Nelson said. We know that going on the road is very hard no matter how many wins a team has. ... No matter who it is, you want to start playing our best football this late in the year, and we need to start getting into a rhythm through these last two games, hopefully into the playoffs.Tampa Bay will finish with a losing record for the fifth time in six years and miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. If the season had ended after last Sundays 19-17 loss at Carolina, the Bucs would own the No. 1 overall pick in the draft for the first time since selecting Vinny Testaverde in 1987.Nearly 30 years later, the Bucs are still looking for a franchise quarterback. Coach Lovie Smith surely will feel pressure to pursue one if the pick winds up in his hands.For now, though, Smith is sticking with his hand-picked choice for his first season guiding tthe Bucs, 35-year-old Josh McCown. Dustin Tokarski Ducks Jersey. The career backup is coming off his best pro season in Chicago, where he filled in for injured Jay Cutler in 2013.The 12th-year pro has fizzled with Tampa Bay, losing eight of nine starts and missing five games because of injury. Hes the NFCs lowest-rated passer, and ahead overall of only the Jaguars Blake Bortles and Jets Geno Smith.Even though the Bucs have little to play for, and second-year quarterback Mike Glennon started 13 games as a rookie a year ago, Smith is standing by McCown, whos thrown for 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.I think Josh gives us the best opportunity (to win). Thats not necessarily a knock against Mike. ... Quarterback just isnt a position where youre going to play a lot of guys. Kind of simple as that, Smith said.Some things to keep in mind when the Packers try to rebound from only their second loss in the past 11 games, and the struggling Bucs try to play spoilers:ADVANTAGE PACKERS?: This is the first sellout of the season at Raymond James Stadium, though the stands are expected to be filled mostly with Packers fan. The Bucs 0-6 at home this year.RJS hasnt been kind to Green Bay. The Packers have lost seven of eight games there since RJS opened in 1998. Rodgers threw for two TDs, but was also intercepted three times in a 10-point loss on their last visit in 2009.FAMALIAR FOE: Packers LB Julius Peppers played much of his career in the NFC South, so the Bucs are plenty familiar with him from his days with the Carolina Panthers. In 16 career games against the Bucs, Peppers has 15 1-2 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception he returned for a TD.BIG TARGET: Mike Evans, Tampa Bays 6-foot-5 rookie receiver, has nine TD catches in the past seven games. Hes tied the franchise record for receiving TDs in a season with 11 overall.RESILIENT, STRONG FINISHERS: The Packers are 3-0 following a loss this season. They are 24-12 in the month of December under McCarthy, whos in his ninth season.MEASURING STICK: Since Tampa Bays bye in Week 7, the Bucs have made strides on defence, ranking in the top 10 in yards allowed per game. The Packers have scored an NFC-high 436 points, Rodgers has the leagues highest QB rating and has thrown for 35 TDs vs. five interceptions.It will be a good barometer for us of just how much weve improved, said Bucs defensive co-ordinator Leslie Frazier.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaNFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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