NHL: Ryan Suter, Devan Dubnyk help Wild beat Blackhawks 2-1


In a surprise move, veteran D Brent Seabrook was a healthy scratch for Chicago.

But it certainly had to feel good for the veteran Seabrook.

Chicago has won the last two meetings and is coming off an impressive win at Ottawa, but often times complacency settles in for either of those situations.

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

Jonas Brodin scored in the second period for Minnesota (23-17-4).

After giving people a glimmer of hope with two straight wins on the weekend, the Senators hit the midpoint of the season by taking a knockout punch on the chin in Game 41 in a awful 8-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in front of 14,007 at the Canadian Tire Centre.

After the Richard Panik trade, Joel Quenneville chose to go with seven defensemen so he could get Seabrook back in the lineup without removing another defenseman after an 8-2 victory in Ottawa a night earlier.

Ottawa has been outscored 61-34 in the second this season. Seabrook got a pat on the head from several teammates, and one from Quenneville, on the bench.

Boucher added that Ryan attempted to play through the pain against the Blackhawks. Gustav Forsling had another great chance as he totally whiffed on a puck that if he gets any kind of shot off it's going in with Devan Dubnyk way out of the net. The Hawks also failed to score on both their power plays after scoring four times with the man-advantage in Ottawa. Ryan Suter made it 2-1 at 3:03 of the third when he scored on a 2-on-1 during 4-on-4 play. Anton Forsberg made 25 saves on 27 shots to notch the win. Patrick Kane broke two career highs.

The team began the first day of the second half of the season in last place in the Central Division, but just one point out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. There were no All-Star games in 2010 and 2014 because of the Olympics, and 2013 because of the lockout. Corey Crawford, the Blackhawks No. 1 goalie, missed his seventh game with an upper-body injury and hasn't resumed skating.

Things did not look promising for the Wild early on.

"We've talked about it, you guys have talked about it and we have to find a way in our room to have better second periods", Phaneuf said.

"You saw the first period", Boudreau said. 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.