Wild overcome slow start to sneak past rival Blackhawks


Minnesota is 22-17-4 overall, but that includes a poor 8-13-1 road record, as well as a 6-10-1 mark as an underdog.

Luckily for the Wild, they escaped only down one goal, and they came out with some more energy after intermission.

"Your sense of urgency is a lot quicker", Boudreau said.

After a surprising 4 powerplay goals in Ottawa on Tuesday night, the Chicago Blackhawks were back to their normal big goose egg on the powerplay on Wednesday night.

"To [the Wild's] credit, I thought in the second and third period, they really buckled down and played really hard".

But that's all the Blackhawks could muster.

Kane added a goal on a five-point night, and Schmaltz also had an assist. "(The Wild) did a good job intercepting plays we were looking for, so it a little bit of different club were going up against. "You just never want to play those types of games".

The Blackhawks scored five times in the second period to break open the game and finished 4 for 6 on the power play.

The Hawks scored four power-play goals to support goalie Anton Forsberg, who made 25 saves in his second straight start since he sat out four games in a row in favor of Jeff Glass. Starter Corey Crawford is still on injured reserve with an upper-body injury that will keep him out indefinitely. There's no timetable for his return.

The Hawks have played 43 games so far this season and are two points out of a playoff spot.

Blackhawks defenseman Jan Rutta left early in the third, then returned late in the period, after taking an illegal hit to the head from Minnesota's Marcus Foligno.

After the Richard Panik trade, Joel Quenneville made a decision to go with seven defensemen so he could get Seabrook back in the lineup without removing another defenseman after an 8-2 victory in Ottawa a night earlier.

If there is one word to describe the Chicago Blackhawks this season is inconsistency.

Top goalie Craig Anderson was chased midway through the second period and backup Mike Condon wasn't any better as the Hawks scored four goals on the power play.

Seabrook has averaged just over 20 minutes of ice time per game this season. "How many do we need?", Karlsson said. Kane, Chicago's leading scorer, and Minnesota C Eric Staal were named Wednesday to the NHL All-Star Game. Turner was averaging 2.24 blocks per game, second in the league. He is expected to be out until the Wild returns from their bye week on January 20. Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and seven rebounds after replacing Myles Turner in the starting lineup.