Series (Game 1 of 2)

Chicago leads 2-0

Game 1: Sunday, September 24th
Game 2: Saturday, September 30th

Wild 2

(2-1-0, 4 pts)

Blackhawks 5

(5-0-0, 10 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 24, 2006

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 T
MIN 1 1 02
CHI 2 2 15

Chicago 5, Minnesota 2

CHICAGO (AP) -- Rookie Dave Bolland scored two power-play goals and the Chicago Blackhawks remained unbeaten in the preseason with a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.

Jeff Hamilton, Michael Blunden and Craig MacDonald also connected for Chicago (5-0), which scored three power-play goals for the third straight game.

Kurtis Foster and Pavol Demitra had power-play goals for Minnesota (2-1). Marian Gaborik assisted on both.

Nikolai Khabibulin played the full game and stopped 25 shots.

Minnesota's Manny Fernandez made 39 saves.

Hamilton's power-play goal opened the scoring 3:31 into the first period. He connected from the slot after taking a cross-ice feed from Patrick Sharp. Blunden made it 2-0 with 6:29 left in the first, beating Fernandez from the left circle following a Minnesota turnover.

Foster cut the deficit to 2-1 with 23 seconds remaining in the period. He was set up by Gaborik's cross-ice, one-touch pass.

MacDonald made it 3-1 at 6:01 of the second when his shot from the right circle deflected in off the stick of Minnesota's defenseman Brent Burns.

Bolland deflected in a 5-on-3 power-play goal at 9:18 to extend Chicago's lead to 4-1.

Demitra's power-play tip-in with 5:24 left in the second cut it to 4-2.

Bolland completed the scoring with a goalmouth tip-in with 4:11 left in the third.

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