Suter helps Wild down Blackhawks

Blackhawks' Seabrook a healthy scratch Tuesday

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 night 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.

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

"It got worse and worse as the game went on until he couldn't take it", Boucher said.

"We fell off in the second period and we couldn't climb back", said alternate captain Dion Phaneuf. "[The Blackhawks] probably had the puck 15 minutes in our zone, it was embarrassing".

The simple act of scoring a goal doesn't mean Joel Quenneville's benching hit Brent Seabrook any harder, or made any more of an impact, than if he didn't score one. "I really can not be any more honest with you than admitting that we have to find a way to be better in the second, more consistent and play to our capabilities".

Nick Schmaltz and Jonathan Toews each scored a pair of goals and Patrick Kane had a career-high five-point night with a goal and four assists as the Chicago Blackhawks routed the Senators 8-2.

But that's all the Blackhawks could muster. Kane exploded for his best performance of the season with a five-point night. "From there, it's going to be good". "You just never want to play those types of games".

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.

That is exactly what the Wild got in a gritty 2-1 win over the Blackhawks on Wednesday night at the United Center.

The loss snapped Ottawa's two-game winning streak and was the team's most lopsided loss of the season.

Blackhawks make a deal • Chicago acquired winger Anthony Duclair from Arizona in a four-player trade. He scored the game's very last goal, while assisting on four others.

Panik, 26, has six goals and 10 assists in 37 games after signing a $5.6 million, two-year contract.

Coach Joel Quenneville said making decisions like sitting the three-time Stanley Cup victor isn't an easy one, but Seabrook responded by getting on the scoresheet. He is expected to be out until the Wild returns from their bye week on January 20.



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