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Blackhawks go up 2-0 on Wild

CHICAGO (TSX) — Perhaps the Chicago Blackhawks are making it look too easy or the Minnesota Wild are that bad.

Whichever way you look at it, the Blackhawks are cruising in the Western Conference semifinal series.

Chicago once again trounced Minnesota on Sunday, earning a 4-1 win in Game 2 at the United Center.

The Blackhawks hold a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven set after outscoring the Wild by a combined 9-3. Even with a decided advantage, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville won’t let his team get overconfident.

“There are no easy games, there are no easy series,” Quenneville said. “Never get ahead of yourselves, particularly in the playoffs.”

And even though the Wild are struggling badly, they aren’t giving up.

“We have to put that in our heads that we can still come back,” Wild forward Charlie Coyle said. “We’ve (rallied back) before. We’re going to put these games behind us. It’s not going to do any good to worry about it now. Just think ahead, and we have to win that next one.”

The series shifts to Minnesota for Game 3 on Tuesday and 4 on Friday. If necessary, Game 5 would be in Chicago next Sunday.

The Wild are 3-0 at home (all against the Colorado Avalanche in the first round) thus far in the playoffs, the first time they won more than one home game in any playoff series in team history.

“We’re going to have a challenge, a real challenge playing on the road these next couple of games,” Chicago center and team captain Jonathan Toews said. “It’s going to have to be the best game that we’ve had all series for sure.”

While the Wild are down, they are far from being out. This is the same team that rallied to beat the Central Division champion Avalanche in overtime in Game 7 to advance to the second round.

“(Minnesota is) going to be excited to be going home,” Quenneville said. “The crowd is going to be loud, as loud as any building in the league, so they’re going to have a lot of enthusiasm playing in front of their home crowd.”

.” We want to make sure we go in there, try to get a reasonable start and put ourselves in the game.”