Chicago, IL (NNCNOW.com) --- Marian Hossa scored two goals on Thursday night as the Chicago Blackhawks drubbed the Minnesota Wild 5-1, closing out a four games to one victory for Chicago in the teams' first-round postseason series.
Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, and Patrick Sharp were the other goal scorers for the Blackhawks, with Torrey Mitchell tallying the lone goal for Minnesota.
Josh Harding started the game in goal for the Wild after leaving injured in game four, but he was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 18 Chicago shots.
Rookie Darcy Kuemper took over from there, playing the final 33:34 and allowing two goals on 15 shots.
The Wild were in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, and the team has still not won a postseason series since advancing to the Western Conference Finals in 2003.