Surging Blackhawks gunning for third straight win vs. Wild

Blackhawks' Seabrook a healthy scratch Tuesday

The Wild, in contrast, are just 1-5 in their last six road games.

The third-place Wild pulled two points ahead of Chicago in the tight Central Division and tussle for playoff spots in the Western Conference.

For the Wild to be down just one goal after one period to the Blackhawks was a surprise - or as Boudreau put it, "amazing". It was Seabrook's first goal since the Blackhawks' opening-night 10-1 rout of Pittsburgh last October 5.

He has played in 964 regular-season games and 123 playoff games for the Blackhawks, winning three Stanley Cups. "You saw that tonight".

But that's all the Blackhawks could muster. "From there, it's going to be good". "It's a good feeling", Kane said of his career-best five points.

The Blackhawks were 0-for-3 on the power play - including wasting a chance late in the third period - after going 4-for-6 with the advantage against the Senators.

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.

Goalie Anton Forsberg is starting his second straight game for the Hawks after sitting the previous four in favor of Jeff Glass. Crawford's undisclosed upper-body injury likely would have prevented him from playing, anyway.

It's the second leg of a back-to-back for each team.

Chicago made waves on the trade front before the game, dealing Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin to Arizona for Anthony Duclair and Adam Clendening. 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.

Victor Oladipo had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists and Lance Stephenson gave IN a late boost of energy that almost led IN back from a 10-point deficit IN the final 9:57. It's hard to deny that the defenseman has lost a step with Joel Quenneville noticeably limiting his minutes on the ice throughout the season. Kane, Chicago's leading scorer, and Minnesota C Eric Staal were named Wednesday to the NHL All-Star Game. Chicago had seven defensemen its lineup. Turner is expected to miss at least two games with an injured right elbow. Blackhawks C Nick Schmaltz played his 100th National Hockey League game.



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