Rapid Reaction: Wild 4, Blackhawks 3

December, 5, 2013
12/05/13
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By Brian M. Murphy
Special to ESPNChicago.com
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center.

How it happened: The Wild were in control for almost two periods, fell apart during a Chicago surge and then regained their composure to secure a wild comeback victory.

Marco Scandella’s long point shot through traffic beat Corey Crawford with 1:48 remaining for the game winner as the Blackhawks lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.

Jonas Brodin’s power-play goal at 14:21, a drive that deflected off Johnny Oduya’s skate, tied the game 3-3 when it appeared Chicago would steal the win.

Goals by Jeremy Morin, Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa erased a 2-0 Minnesota lead as the Blackhawks monopolized the puck and momentum.

Morin’s goal with 16.6 remaining in the second period started the surge. He backhanded home Joakim Nordstrom’s deft redirection as the forwards recalled from AHL Rockford to replace the injured Andrew Shaw and Michal Handzus cashed in.

It took only 43 seconds for Saad to pick the pocket of Norris Trophy finalist Ryan Suter and fire the equalizer past Josh Harding. Hossa answered at 6:35 and the Hawks were cruising. But the burst was all they mustered during a lackluster offensive performance, finishing with a season-low 19 shots.

What it means: The Blackhawks’ road winning streak ended at six games, which means the 1964 record of seven straight road wins remains intact. They are 6-1-1 in their past eight games and fell to 20-6-4, still atop the NHL standings.

Player of the game: Scandella picked the best possible moment to bag his first goal of the season. The winner snapped a 28-game goal drought that stretched back to Feb. 13 of last season.

Stat of the game: Hossa has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past six games.

What’s next: The Blackhawks host Anaheim on Friday night at the United Center in a showdown of Western Conference powers. The Ducks (41 points) rank third in the league standings behind Chicago (44) and San Jose (43).

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