How it happened: The Blackhawks had been lacking early jump in recent weeks, and they finally brought it against the Wild. They scored twice in the opening eight minutes to build a 2-0 lead. Jonathan Toews set up Marian Hossa at the net for the first one, and Patrick Kane stick-handled through three defenders to get the puck to Bryan Bickell at the net for the second. The Blackhawks extended the lead to 4-0 when Brad Richards knocked in a rebound and Johnny Oduya scored in the slot during the second period. Matt Cooke scored the Wild's lone goal in the third period. The Wild's Jason Zucker missed a penalty shot in the second period. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 36 of 37 shots. Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom had 31 saves on 35 shots.
What it means: The Blackhawks defeated the Wild for the second time in four days. The Blackhawks won 4-2 Thursday in Minnesota. Sunday's win was one of the more complete ones the Blackhawks have put together in the past three weeks. The Blackhawks improved to 28-13-3 with 58 points. They're in second place in the Central Division, behind the Nashville Predators, who have 60 points in 41 games. The Wild dropped their fifth consecutive game and fell to 18-18-5. The Blackhawks recorded their 250th consecutive regular-season sellout, which dates to the 2007-08 season.
Player of the game: Kane had the primary assist on two goals. He's tied for third in the league with 47 points. He has seven points in January, which matches his total in January 2014.
Stat of the game: The Blackhawks led after the first and second periods. They improved to 15-1-0 when leading after the first period and 15-0-0 when leading after the second period.
What's next: The Blackhawks have the next four days off before hosting the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. The Blackhawks are 0-2-0 against the Jets this season.