- Jesse Rogers, Chicago Cubs beat reporter
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Minnesota struck first when Devin Setoguchi burst by Niklas Hjalmarsson into the offensive zone after receiving a pass from Dany Heatley. Ray Emery made the initial save, but Setoguchi banged at the puck a couple times and it squirted in.
The Wild retook the lead on a power-play goal by Heatley as he stood untouched in the slot, where Mikko Koivu found him for an easy tap-in.
The game took a chippy turn when Heatley slashed Patrick Kane in the left arm or wrist but no call was made. On the next shift, Brandon Bollig came on the ice and had words with Heatley before fighting Clayton Stoner. Previously, Jimmy Hayes dropped the gloves with Justin Falk. Then Andrew Shaw was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty after some pre-faceoff issues with Darroll Powe.
1st-period wrap: Patrick Sharp scored but the Hawks trailled the Wild after one.