made 34 saves,
had a goal and an assist, and the
advanced to the
finals with a 4-3 victory over the
on Thursday night at St. Paul, Minn., for a four-game sweep.
The Wild never led in the series. Goals by
with 2:18 and 1:27 remaining gave them one last shot, with their net emptied. The final few whacks were either wide or turned aside by Crawford, who stopped 124 of 131 shots in the four games.
scored for the Blackhawks, who were down to five defensemen after a serious injury to veteran Michal Roszival. Marian Hossa had a long empty-netter, and Jonathan Toews and
had two assists apiece.
Chicago eliminated Minnesota from the playoffs for the third straight year. It won 12 of the 15 games.
It was the first sweep by the Blackhawks since the Western Conference finals in 2010 against San Jose.
They improved to 30-0, including 5-0 in this postseason, when leading after two periods.
made 21 saves for the Wild.
The Blackhawks have scored 12 times in the first period in 10 games this postseason, the key to keeping a firm grip on this series from start to finish.
Montreal 6, at Tampa Bay 2:
After Bishop was pulled, the Canadiens scored twice in their first three shots against backup Andrei Vasilevskiy.