Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Teuvo Teravainen scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series.
Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger all scored in the first period for Chicago, which has eliminated the Wild in the playoffs the previous two years.
Corey Crawford made 30 saves for the Blackhawks, who defeated Nashville in six games in the opening round.
"It's important," said Crawford. "That team is playing with a lot of confidence. We came out and got the start we wanted."
Jason Zucker, Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund lit the lamp for the Wild, who beat St. Louis in six games in the first round. Devan Dubnyk stopped 31-of-35 shots.
"I certainly felt real good as the game went on, just real disappointed in myself for giving up that fourth one," said Dubnyk.
Game 2 is Sunday night in Chicago.
After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first, the Blackhawks allowed three straight goals in the second before Teravainen scored the game-winner.
Teravainen, seeing his first action since Game 2 against the Predators, fluttered a shot from along the boards that got past Dubnyk at 19:01. It was Teravainen's first career postseason goal.
Crawford made eight saves in the third for the Blackhawks, who have won seven straight home playoff games against the Wild over the past three years.
Saad scored 75 seconds into the opening period when he flipped the puck past Wild defenseman Ryan Suter before beating Dubnyk.
Kane made it 2-0 at 13:11 on a one-timer from the top of the right circle, and Kruger put home a rebound off Andrew Shaw's shot from the left circle at 15:15.
Zucker took a pass from Thomas Vanek in the slot and beat Crawford at 1:21 of the second. Parise then scored on the power play at 5:07, putting a rebound through Crawford's five-hole.
Granlund completed the comeback at 9:30 when he collected a loose puck in front of the net and beat Crawford.
Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg sat out with a lower-body injury ... The Wild lost to Chicago 4-1 in the first round in 2013 and 4-2 in the second round in 2014.