A busy Wednesday for Blackhawks ends with loss to Wild

A busy Wednesday for Blackhawks ends with loss to Wild

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

Jonas Brodin turned that energy into production midway through the second period, tying the game when his wrist shot from the point flubbed off Tommy Wingels and into the back of the net. The Wild pulled two points ahead of Chicago (21-16-6) in the tight Central Division and tussle for playoff spots in the Western Conference. It was outshot 14-5 and Chicago got off 41 shot attempts compared to just 11 for the Wild.

"We've talked about it, you guys have talked about it and we have to find a way in our room to have better second periods", said Phaneuf.

Still, the Wild will take what they can, especially after the game looked like it could be headed for a blowout early on.

Minnesota was completely dominated in the opening 20 minutes as Chicago spent almost the entire period cycling in its zone, attempting 41 of the game's first 52 total shot attempts. "(The Blackhawks) probably had the puck 15 minutes in our zone, it was embarrassing. He's accumulated one goal and nine assists during that stretch. The one thing I like about his play is that he can get pucks on net when nearly all of the other 'Hawks defensemen have their shots blocked.

But that's all the Blackhawks could muster. "(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". "So we get a lot of points from our blue line, and that's what we need". Nick Schmaltz had two goals and an assists, while Jonathan Toews accounted for two goals. Patrick Sharp recorded a goal and an assist.

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. There's no timetable for his return.


Toews scored his second of the game at 3:24 of the third period to extend the lead to 7-2 before Kane chipped in with his team-leading 18th on the power play.

Thomas Chabot, Mike Hoffman and Gabriel Dumont also scored to help the Senators rebound from an 8-2 home loss to Chicago on Tuesday night.

The Blackhawks acquired winger Anthony Duclair and defenseman Adam Clendening from Arizona before the game in a trade for right wing Richard Panik and minor league forward Laurent Dauphin.

Even that goal - scored by Brent Seabrook in his return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Tuesday night - was a close call and very easily could have been disallowe.

Ryan has five goals and 12 assists in 32 games this season.

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

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