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Rapid Reaction: Hawks 3, Wild 1

2/16/2011

Here's a quick look at the Hawks' 3-1 over the Wild on Wednesday night.

How it happened: The Hawks blew another second period lead but broke a trend and came right back with the winning goal on the power play. Although they scored two with the man advantage, they could have had more, after spending eight minutes in the second period up a man, including six consecutive minutes. Corey Crawford was excellent in goal, giving up just a lone power-play tally by Matt Cullen. He stopped 17 shots in the first period when the Wild owned a huge edge in play. The Hawks second power play unit scored two goals. Jake Dowell added an empty-netter for the Hawks.

What it means: Anyway you cut it, it was a huge win for the home team. They climb within one of the Wild in the standings and inch a little closer to a playoff spot. Goals by Troy Brouwer and Brian Campbell proved the Hawks' second power-play unit can do some damage. Crawford played one of his better games of the season, never getting rattled. It wasn’t always pretty but the Hawks got the job done.

Haviland wins: Assistant coach Mike Haviland earned his first NHL win filling for the ill Joel Quenneville. There was no pre or in-game update on Quenneville’s condition.

What’s next: The Hawks continue the homestand on Friday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus is nipping at the Hawks’ heels in the standings. The Hawks beat the Jackets in their first game back after the All-star break.