Marek Zidlicky had two power-play goals and an assist, Niklas Backstrom made 40 saves and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 4-1 Monday night, dropping Chicago to 14-2-5 at the United Center this season. The Blackhawks also lost 6-4 to Detroit at Wrigley Field in the NHL Winter Classic.
Havlat's goal came at exactly 10:00 of the second period, earning a fan $1 million as part of a promotion with the Illinois State Lottery. The Blackhawks didn't announce the name of the male fan, a season-ticket holder in the United Center's 300-level.
Koivu opened the scoring 10:15 into the game as his 40-foot shot from the slot deflected off the skate of Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook and landed in the upper left corner of the net.
"We got behind 1-0 and things changed rapidly," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "That's where they're [the Wild] at they're best. When they get the lead, the check well.
Zidlicky's first power-play goal, with 1:46 left in the first, made it 2-0. His screened shot from the top of the slot beat Khabibulin low on the stick side. Zidlicky's second score extended the Wild's leaed to 3-0 at 5:53 of the second. He pinched in to the low edge of the left circle and one-timed a pinpoint feed from Brunette.
Zidlicky scored on two of three shots in the game.
"If you want to score on the power play you have to shoot the puck," he said. "Sometimes you shoot too much, take five shots and don't score. Sometimes you take two shots and you score."
Havlat's goal cut it to 3-1 as he pounced on a loose puck in the crease and whipped it past Backstrom.
The Blackhawks dominated the second half of the second period, testing Backstrom. His flashiest save was a point-blank stick stop on Patrick Kane, Chicago's leading scorer.
Clutterbuck scored into an empty net with 34 seconds left.
Blackhawks D Duncan Keith sat out his third game with a probable concussion. Keith, who leads the Blackhawks with just under 26 minutes of ice time per game, is day-to-day. ... Minnesota LW Brunette played in his 498th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NHL, despite an injured right knee. He suffered the injury in a collision with Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf on Saturday. ... Wild RW Craig Weller missed his second game with a head injury. ... The crowd of 21,320 was Chicago's 22nd sellout in 22 home games this season.
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Arena: United Center Location: Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Bill McCreary, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Andy McElman, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 21,320 (108.1% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Mikko Koivu (13)
Assists: Owen Nolan, Marek Zidlicky
Marek Zidlicky (7)
(Power Play) Assists: Mikko Koivu, Owen Nolan
Marek Zidlicky (8)
(Power Play) Assists: Andrew Brunette, Mikko Koivu
Martin Havlat (15)
Assists: Andrew Ladd, Aaron Johnson
Cal Clutterbuck (7)
(Empty Net) Assist: Andrew Brunette