As the Blackhawks left the ice following a lackluster first period against the Wild on Sunday night, boos from a fair number of the 22,016 in attendance at the United Center followed them down the tunnel.

The jeering was justified.

So were the cheers that enveloped the Hawks a couple of hours later in the immediate aftermath of their 2-1 victory to take a 3-2 edge in the best-of-seven series that will continue Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minn.

"The crowd was frustrated (and) we were frustrated," winger Marian Hossa said of the booing. "After the first (period), we just came to the dressing room and … we just needed to take a deep breath, relax and play hard. In the second and third, we were better and everybody is happy after the game."

Jonathan Toews notched his NHL-high fourth game-winning goal of the playoffs and franchise-high 10th postseason winner in the third period, and Bryan Bickell also scored to make a winner of goaltender Corey Crawford. He made 27 saves — allowing only an Erik Haula goal late in the opening period — in outdueling Ilya Bryzgalov and help the Hawks seize momentum in the series.

The defending Stanley Cup champions broke out of their doldrums to remain undefeated at the UC in the postseason at 6-0 and become the first team in 20 second-round games around the NHL to win after the opposition scored the first goal. The Hawks also improved to 7-0 in Game 5s of series tied at 2-2 since 2009. In the previous six series they've done that, the Hawks have gone on to advance in six games.

They prevailed Sunday by locating their speed game against the Wild's trapping defense and sending wave after wave of bodies to the front of the net. That helped the Hawks finish with 28 shots, topping their previous high of 22 in the series. All that after they meandered their way through the first period.

Then the second came and it was a different story.

"As a group, we always recognize when we don't bring the right effort," Toews said. "Slowly as the game went along we found ways to play better as a five-man unit. Once one line would go out there and generate a good shift and get us some energy, the next line would follow it right up. When we're an effective team we have four lines going like that and contributing.