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Blackhawks prevail over Wild in the shootout

Apr 3, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

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Marian Hossa reached deep into his bag of shootout tricks and settled on … a slap shot from below the hash marks. Hey, it worked.

Hossa scored the lone goal in the skills competition and the Chicago Blackhawks shook off a weak tying goal allowed by goalie Corey Crawford to defeat the Minnesota Wild by a final score of 3-2 on Thursday.

Without captain Jonathan Toews (upper body) and Patrick Kane (leg) for the rest of the regular season, the Blackhawks ended a three-game losing streak and joined four other teams with 100 or more points in the Western Conference.

The Wild evened the score late in the third period on a goal from Erik Haula, who beat Crawford with a lazy wrist shot that went through the screen of Blackhawks’ defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.

However, Crawford redeemed himself in the shootout.

“I didn’t have a choice. I felt I needed to come back and shut the door,” said Crawford, as per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Wild also took exception to a hit Chicago’s Brandon Bollig threw on Zach Parise in the second period.

“I didn’t like it. I saw it was coming. You could see the shift before that he was targeting those guys,” said Wild head coach Mike Yeo, as per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press.


  1. clarke16 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Good, high intensity effort from the Wild to pull another point out of a tough rink on the road… On to the rest of this brutal schedule. One thing is for sure–this will be a battle-tested team going into the playoffs…

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Battle-tested against a team missing two superstars and 2 defensemen?

      • findthetwine - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:55 AM

        Battle tested. As in a brutal road stretch in the heat of the playoff hunt and thus far getting two regulation wins and a shootout loss… What an embarrassing comment. Every team battles injuries. Boo hoo to the fair weather Chicago fans going through it for the first time. Such a pathetic fan base.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:52 AM

        The butt hurt is strong in you. Surely you can do better than “derp bandwagon.”

      • ignath - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:26 AM

        I’d say the Wild are pretty battle-tested considering they’ve dressed 7 DIFFERENT goalies this year. FFS…7 goalies and still up by 5 points for the 7th of 8 spots in the conference playoffs…not too bad and pretty “battle tested” if you ask me.

        Also, what would the Hawks record look like if they dressed 7 different goalies throughout the course of the season? I’d imagine not 100 points…probably more like fighting for the 7th or 8th playoff spot?

      • clarke16 - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Have a seat on the commode and try your best to push some of the *stupid* out, son. It isn’t all about you or your team. I think it was pretty clear I was talking about the Wild’s schedule–not this one game. LOL.

        FIBers–it must be in the water there…

      • purpleguy - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Yeah, it’s not like the Wild were on the last game of a long road-trip, starting their 4th-string goalie, and without their best center last night.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        Aw, that’s cute. A neighboring Cheesehead taught Clarke a new word.

      • clarke16 - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Neighboring cheeseheads? Oh, no–son… We mud ducks have the good graces to be equally amused by you brash/unrefined FIBers… :)

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        It’s kind of funny, I’ve always wondered why, if we really are the definition of FIBs, why are we the only ones not resorting to profanity for our derogatory names of neighboring sects? It’s not like we’re adverse to foul language, after all.

        Or perhaps that’s why.

  2. bballnut50 - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:43 AM

    comeonnowguys-Does not take much to do better then Hawk excuse makers….

    • comeonnowguys - Apr 4, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Wow, burn.

      Since when is putting things in context making excuses? If the Hawks had done the same against a team in a similar situation, I would have pumped the same brakes on Hawk fans. Probably harder, because of recent success and talent level.

      Sheesh. I like the Wild mostly, and would enjoy them making the playoffs, but I fully expected them to win last night against a drifting Hawks team in the situation they are in. That gave the Hawks fits in spurts last year. And given that the wild are in a bigger dogfight for the playoffs.

      With all that, I expected Minnesota to steal a win on the road. I was wrong. Doesn’t mean I regard the team any less, or think any more of the Hawks than I did yesterday.

  3. luvmnsports2012 - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Great to get a point out of that one. Good road trip. Hoping Granny pulls out ok for this year yet! With all the things that could have killed the season for the Wild…. Koivu’s injury, Parise’s injury, Granny out for second time this season, and having 7 different goalies throughout the year, we can definately say one thing for this Wild team….There is not quit in any of them! Good game boys!!!

  4. slysipops - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    first off …HAWKS fan here ( although a suffering one ) …. anyway great effort by the WILD, no matter what some guys would say ! as far as the excuse about HAWK injuries….. a lot of the games they lost were with ALL the pc’s in the roster …weren’t they ? as for the HAWKS, the effort was much better. they even stepped up to help a teamate! ( guilt ? ) CRAWFORD needs to pick it up though ! the softy he let in to tie the game was terrible….. i thought …oh no here we go again !

  5. slysipops - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    i saw on another site that the WILD coach did not like the hit on PARISE. the hit might have been a half a second late but not that obvious to cause a stir. i didn’t see BOLLIG’S arms go any higher than ZACK’S upper back. you really don’t want to see any player get blindsided and hurt…( well maybe a few ) it is not non-check hockey so ? it was nice to see the HAWKS letting the opponents know that THEY also can be targets !

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