Blackhawks defeat Wild in shootout 3-2
SportsDirect Inc. - CHICAGO - Marian Hossa scored in the second round of the shootout and Corey Crawford stopped all three attempts as host Chicago ended a three-game losing skid.
After Crawford (25 saves) denied Zach Parise with the handle of his stick in the first round, Hossa unleashed a blast that trickled past Ilya Bryzgalov and over the goal line to give the Blackhawks the lead. Crawford made the advantage stand up with a glove save on Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu and a pad stop on Jason Pominville to end the contest.
Bryan Bickell scored in his return from a six-game absence due to an upper-body injury. Ben Smith also tallied for Chicago, which overcame the absence of captain Jonathan Toews (upper-body injury) to move within one point of second-place Colorado in the Central Division.
Charlie Coyle and Erik Haula scored for the Wild, who moved five points ahead of Dallas and Phoenix for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Bryzgalov (24 saves) dropped to 0-5-2 in his past seven games in Chicago.
With the score tied at 1-1, Jeremy Morin skated out from behind the goal line and wired the puck to the front of the net. Bickell knocked the puck out of the air and beat Bryzgalov under the crossbar on his second attempt at 2:45 of the third period. Haula forged a tie with 1:54 left in the session after his soft wrist shot from the right circle caromed off Crawford's glove and into the net.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Toews was injured on Sunday after absorbing a hit from Pittsburgh D Brooks Orpik. ... Koivu saw his six-game point streak come to an end. He collected two goals and seven assists in that stretch. ... Parise was held off the scoresheet to remain one point shy of 500 in his career.