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Bicknell inspires Blackhawks win

Bryan Bickell extended his point streak to five games with a goal and two assists to lead Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over Minnesota.

Niklas Hjalmarsson scored a brace and Brent Seabrook was also on target for the Blackhawks, while Erik Haula struck a goal for the Wild in the third quarter but they failed to mount a comeback as Chicago took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference series at United Center.

Also on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers to level the Eastern Conference series as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury impressed, holding out all 22 shots.

Kris Letang netted a double in the third period after Chris Kunitz got things going in the second to claim the victory for the Penguins.