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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Wild 2, Hawks 1

By Jesse Rogers

Here's a quick look at the Wild's shootout win over the Blackhawks on Thursday.

How it happened: The Hawks lost for a second time in a row to the Minnesota Wild in a shootout as Devin Setoguchi was the lone goal scorer. The Hawks led 1-0 most of the game until Bryan Bickell was called for high sticking late in the third period. Minnesota scored on the ensuing power play when Marco Scandella had an open look from the point and Cal Clutterbuck was able to deflect it in. The Hawks dominated the first period, finally getting a goal from Jamal Mayers after he won a faceoff, and then later got the puck back from Michael Frolik. The Wild chased the puck, and the Hawks, in the opening 20 minutes recording just three shots on net. Minnesota gained some momentum in the second when it earned its first power play, but that’s when Corey Crawford went to work. He stopped Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi on point-blank chances to preserve the shutout. He made a couple more good ones in the third until Clutterbuck’s score to prevent the Hawks from earning their first shutout of the season.

What it means: Again the Hawks' power play was a factor -- and not in a positive way. A five-minute chance between the first and second periods told the story. Two shots on net with few chances and sloppy entries --- and that’s with the intermission to plan for it. Every time the power play takes a step forward it seems to take two back. In all they had 11 minutes of power play time but failed to score while Minnesota tallied on just three minutes. With the playoffs approaching it could be a major factor in the Hawks success or failure. The Hawks were eliminated from the No. 4 seed with the loss.

What’s next: The 2011-2012 regular-season finale takes place in Detroit Saturday afternoon after a practice day there on Friday.