NHL: Ryan Suter, Devan Dubnyk help Wild beat Blackhawks 2-1

Kane Toews Make History in Blackhawks Win

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

Ryan Suter gave Minnesota the lead on a four-on-four situation early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and the visiting Wild held off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Ryan Suter scored the game-winner in the third after Jonas Brodin tied it at 1 in the second.

The team began the first day of the second half of the season in last place in the Central Division, but just one point out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

"The first period was awful", Suter said.

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

"It's great", Boudreau said of the Wild posting its first road win since Dec.19. He's accumulated one goal and nine assists during that stretch.

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

Patrick Kane recorded a career-high five points, with one goal and four assists, in the Blackhawks' 8-2 dismantling of Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre.

But that's all the Blackhawks could muster.

It's the first time in Kane's career that he's recorded five points. "From there, it's going to be good". "You want to build off that and we didn't do it". The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities.

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. There's no timetable for his return.

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Both teams played their second games in two nights.

After the Richard Panik trade, Joel Quenneville chose 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.

Blackhawks make a deal • Chicago acquired winger Anthony Duclair from Arizona in a four-player trade.

The Hawks also lead the season series against Minnesota 2-1-0 including a split in the first two games at the United Center. The 32-year-old carries a cap hit of $6.875 million and has six years remaining on his contract beyond this season.

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.

The Flames will have to hope that their bye week doesn't turn into a momentum-stopper.



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