- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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How it happened: The Blackhawks won 1-0 in the shootout to pull out the two points. The Wild deprived Chicago of a regulation victory when Erik Haula tied the game 2-2 with 1 minute, 54 seconds left in the third period. Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell had put his team ahead at 2:45 of the third when he knocked in his own rebound. The Blackhawks scored their other goal at the front of the net, too -- with Ben Smith lighting the lamp off a rebound at 2:29 of the second period.
The Wild outplayed the Blackhawks early and took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission when Charlie Coyle deflected in a shot. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves on 27 shots. Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves.
What it means: The Blackhawks needed this one, snapping their first three-game regulation losing streak of the season. They improved to 43-19-15 with 101 points. The Colorado Avalanche beat the New York Rangers in a shootout later Thursday night and, with 104 points, remain in second place ahead of the Blackhawks in the Central Division. Chicago was playing without Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the same game for just the second time in the past seven seasons. The duo will miss the remainder of the regular season with injuries. The Wild fell to 39-26-12 with 90 points.
Player of the game: Bickell was effective in his first game since March 19. He scored a goal and had a team-high four shots on goal.
Stat of the game: The game was very even, and that was seen in the total shots. The Wild had 27 to the Hawks' 26.
What’s next: The Blackhawks travel to play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The Blackhawks defeated the Blue Jackets 6-1 in their previous meeting this season.