Rapid Reaction: Wild 5, Blackhawks 3

October, 26, 2013

CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Minnesota Wild’s 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Saturday.

How it happened: The Wild accomplished what no other team had against the Blackhawks this season: possess a lead after two periods. The Wild built a 3-1 edge after the first two periods and put Chicago away in the final period. Jason Pominville scored twice for the Wild; Zach Parise, Justin Fontaine and Kyle Brodziak each added a goal. Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell scored in the second period -- his fourth consecutive game with a goal. Patrick Kane and Marcus Kruger added goals in the third period for Chicago.

What it means: The Blackhawks played their worst game of the season. Their offense was limited to three goals. Their defense gave up five goals for the second time this season. They were called for five penalties. They had a few costly giveaways. Overall, it was just a bad night for Chicago, which fell to 6-2-3 on the season. Minnesota improved to 6-3-3.

Player of the game: Pominville had two goals and a plus-2 rating.

Stat of the game: Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp had 10 shots, with seven on goal and three shots blocked.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.



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Patrick Sharp
78 34 44 13
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26