Blackhawks’ offense comes alive to take 2-0 series lead

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Like an over-active flipper on a pinball machine, Corey Crawford kept flashing his right pad and kept denying Zach Parise on five consecutive shots from just outside — and some inside — the Blackhawks crease.

The sequence during a second-period Wild power play was indicative of the Hawks’ calm and cool effort during a frenetic game as they skated to a 5-2 victory in Game 2 of their Western Conference quarterfinals series Friday night at the United Center.

The triumph gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that continues Sunday in St. Paul, Minn.

Michael Frolik had two goals — including a short-hander — and Patrick Sharp scored twice in the third period with Bryan Bickell hitting an empy-netter to provide the offense and Crawford took care of the rest in goal to record the victory. Patrick Kane added two assists as the Hawks’ offense came to life.

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Patrick Sharp slips the puck past Wild goalie Josh Harding for a goal during the third period. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)