Patrick Kane has goal, four assists as Blackhawks rout Senators 8-2

The Minnesota Wild overcame a shaky start for a timely victory against a division rival.

Ryan Suter gave Minnesota the lead on a 4-on-4 early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and the Wild held off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday to end a two-game slide.

Granlund and Spurgeon scored in the third period as Minnesota overcame a 2-0 deficit before ultimately losing in overtime.

Seabrook tucked in a rebound of Michal Kempny's one-timer off Dubnyk's blocker with 7:36 remaining in the first period to put Chicago up 1-0. "And when I get a chance to be back in the lineup, I've got to be ready to go".

"Your sense of urgency is a lot quicker", Boudreau said. "[The Blackhawks] probably had the puck 15 minutes in our zone, it was embarrassing".

Luckily for the Wild, they escaped only down one goal, and they came out with some more energy after intermission. "And then going in the third down 6-2 it's going to be hard and especially when they're having a night on their PP (power play) and they score another two".

After giving people a glimmer of hope with two straight wins on the weekend, the Senators hit the midpoint of the season by taking a knockout punch on the chin in Game 41 in a disgusting 8-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in front of 14,007 at the Canadian Tire Centre.

But that's all the Blackhawks could muster. Kane exploded for his best performance of the season with a five-point night. With this line being risky on the offensive end makes it so the other teams can't stack their defense against Patrick Kane.

"We're going into Toronto to a team that's playing well and very offensive and has skilled players and if we're not ready it's going to be the same outcome", said Stone. "You just never want to play those types of games". The Wild, who are in their final game before a bye week, could have a little momentum after rallying Tuesday to grab a valuable point in the standings during an eventual 3-2 OT loss against the Calgary Flames. Crawford's undisclosed upper-body injury likely would have prevented him from playing, anyway.

Chicago wasn't at full strength up front, dressing seven defensemen after shipping winger Richard Panik to the Coyotes before the game, along with center Laurent Dauphin, in exchange for winger Anthony Duclair and defenseman Adam Clendening.

Schmaltz scored twice during the second period, and was joined in that category on the stat sheet by Patrick Sharp (third goal in four games), Jonathan Toews and Jan Rutta.



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