Suter's third-period goal lifts Wild over Blackhawks

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The Minnesota Wild overcame a shaky start for a timely victory against a division rival.

Ryan Suter then gave the Wild a lead they wouldn't relinquish early in the third period with a snipe from just above the right circle.

The Wild answered one period later when Brodin's slap shot deflected off a defender's stick past Forsberg with 10:02 to go in the second.

Wednesday's game in Chicago was your classic four-point game as the Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild entered the night in a three-way tie for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with 48 points.

"We fell off in the second period and we couldn't climb back", said alternate captain Dion Phaneuf.

The total has gone under in four of the Wild's last six games for totals bettors when they were playing for the second consecutive day.

Minnesota was completely dominated in the opening 20 minutes as Chicago spent almost the entire period cycling in its zone, attempting 41 of the game's first 52 total shot attempts. "[The Blackhawks] probably had the puck 15 minutes in our zone, it was embarrassing". But thanks to some stellar goaltending by Devan Dubnyk (34 saves on the night) they only faced a one-goal deficit.

Chicago was highlighted by a huge game from Patrick Kane in the win at Ottawa as he tallied a goal and four assists.

But that's all the Blackhawks could muster.

Patrick Kane had a five-point night while Nick Schmaltz and Jonathan Toews had two-goal efforts.

"A bit frustrating when you get something going". "So we get a lot of points from our blue line, and that's what we need".

Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter missed his second straight game with a lower-body injury.

The Blackhawks power play broke out with a 4-for-6 night against Ottawa after failing to convert in their previous four games. There's no timetable for his return. The Wild, who are in their final game before a bye week, could have a little momentum after rallying Tuesday to grab a valuable point in the standings during an eventual 3-2 OT loss against the Calgary Flames.

Ryan didn't return for the third period Tuesday night during an against Chicago, and he wasn't with the Senators for Wednesday night's game in Toronto.

Chicago made waves on the trade front before the game, dealing Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin to Arizona for Anthony Duclair and Adam Clendening.

The win not only came after the Wild had lost back-to-back games, including an ugly 7-2 loss in Colorado last week, but also snapped what had been a four-game road losing streak.

It'll take a while for the Wild to find out, as it isn't a visitor again until Jan.25, but an improved showing is a must for the team in the second half.

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