Blackhawks knock off Wild in shootout

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Patrick Kane’s goal in the second round of a shootout clinched the Chicago Blackhawks’ fifth win in a row on the road, 4-3 over the Minnesota Wild on Wednes­day night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

Minnesota's Marco Scandella (left) and Chicago's Marian Hossa (right) battle in front of Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom. The Wild lead the NHL with 44 points.  TOM OLMSCHEID/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Minnesota's Marco Scandella (left) and Chicago's Marian Hossa (right) battle in front of Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom. The Wild lead the NHL with 44 points.

Jonathan Toews also scored in the shootout after giving Chicago a lead with a goal in the third period that Mikko Koivu matched a few minutes later.

Marian Hossa and Michael Frolik gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead with second-period goals 89 seconds apart, but Kyle Brodziak and Matt Cul­len answered for the Wild later in the period to tie the game.

The Wild lead the NHL with 44 points. The Black­hawks, who are 7-1-1 in their past nine games, have 42.

BRUINS 5, SENATORS 2

In Ottawa, Tim Thomas made 47 saves, Daniel Paille scored twice and Boston extended its winning streak to three games.

Rich Peverley had a goal and an assist and Chris Kelly and Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, which won for the second night in a row to move atop the East­ern Conference standings. An­drew Ference had two assists.

The Bruins, who have 41 points and one more win than Philadelphia, have gone 17-2-1 since Nov. 1.

Daniel Alfredsson and Ja­son Spezza each had a goal and an assist for Ottawa.

SABRES: Forward Ville Leino is out indefinitely after sustaining what the team is calling a lower body injury. It’s the latest blow to an injury-riddled team that hasn’t had a healthy lineup all season. The Sabres were missing six regulars against the Senators on Tuesday.


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