Wild overcome slow start to sneak past rival Blackhawks


The struggling Chicago Blackhawks will hold veteran defender Brent Seabrook out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Ottawa Senators. Kane exploded for his best performance of the season with a five-point night.

The win not only came after the Wild had lost back-to-back games, including an ugly 7-2 loss in Colorado last week, but also snapped what had been a four-game road losing streak.

Panik had gone 27 games and more than two-and-half months without a goal, with a few healthy scratches sprinkled in, after starting the season on the top line and recording three goals and two assists in the first three games.

"It was good to get out of the first 1-0 and we got some big plays from a couple guys", Dubnyk said. "How many do we need?", Karlsson said. 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.

"I think one of the things we really haven't really had the fortune of this year is to have a hot power play", Kane said.

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. "I don't think it was anything special throughout the game but just kind of making the right play out there and finishing off some plays". "But now we've had to - and the Blackhawks have had to - go in December and say hey, whoa, if we don't start winning and playing our best hockey now, we're going to be left by the wayside".

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Panik's goal preceded a parade of points from Kane, who had four assists during a five-goal second period. "We made mistakes, we made mistakes in key areas and our goaltenders have been solid". Brassard then made it 4-2 by driving to the net and tipping a Stone shot in off his chest. In goal, Chicago might rely on temporary starter Anton Forsberg, who has won his past two starts.

Schmaltz scored his second of the game, picking up Sharp's rebound to beat Condon high and Rutta made it 6-2 with a one-timer.

Anderson and Condon gave up a combined five goals on nine shots in the second period alone. Bobby Ryan added to the misery by leaving the game favoring his hand and didn't return for the third.

"We fell off in the second period and we couldn't climb back", said alternate captain Dion Phaneuf. After that the Wild played was perhaps their best hockey of the night to lock the game down and had three odd-man rushes, as well as a power play, in the final six minutes.

Notes: D Mark Borowiecki (concussion), Johnny Oduya (lower body) and C Nate Thompson (lower body) did not play for the Senators.

Senators: Head to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night before having a week off.