Ryan Suter's go-ahead goal early in the third period proved to be the victor as the Minnesota Wild held on for a 2-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago.
Schmaltz scored twice during the second period, and was joined in that category on the stat sheet by Patrick Sharp (third goal in four games), Jonathan Toews and Jan Rutta.
He has five goals and 12 assists in 32 games this season. "I don't think anyone's comfortable right now". With AP Photos.Ryan Suter gave Minnesota the lead on a 4-on-4 early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and the Wild held off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 to end a two-game slide. "It's not easy when you make those kind of decisions, but we've got a lot of balance back and some guys that are playing well".
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"We fell off in the second period and we couldn't climb back", said alternate captain Dion Phaneuf.
The Senators talked Monday about improving their play in the second then allowed the Hawks to pull out to a 6-2 lead after 40 minutes.
"We have to wait until the swelling is down to know", said Boucher. "They've been hitting tough shots every win, the last three or four wins, down to wire and they executed again. We made mistakes in key areas and our goaltenders have been solid". It was the first five-point contest of Kane's career, and the first time he had four assists in one game. Bobby Ryan added to the misery by leaving the game favoring his hand and didn't return for the third. "We have to find a way in our room to have better second periods". That was Chicago's third goal in a span of 4:39 to start the period and you had to wonder if the Senators were really going to be able to erase this deficit. "I really can not be any more honest with you than admitting that we have to find a way to be better in the second, more consistent and play to our capabilities". The latest: Veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game in Ottawa.
Do the Minnesota Wild have a great shot at upsetting the host Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8PM ET?
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