NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Minnesota|
(Saturday, October 30th)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Minnesota 1
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Marty Turco made 25 saves to earn his sixth
win of the season, as the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 3-1 victory over
the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.
Troy Brouwer and Duncan Keith both scored their first goal of the season for
the Blackhawks, who recovered after losing to the Oilers on Friday; it had
been their third loss in four contests. Keith added an assist, while Patrick
Kane assisted on two goals in the win.
"The coaches are making sure that I'm staying physical, and every once in
awhile I can get complacent and get away from that," Brouwer said. "Like I
said last year, every game I've been at my best I've had four, five or six
hits, and I'm creating space for myself and my other linemates."
Marek Zidlicky was the lone scorer for the Wild, who were coming off an
impressive 2-1 win over the reigning Presidents' Trophy winners, the
Washington Capitals. Niklas Backstrom yielded two goals on 31 shots in
"They're a possession team. By the time we got going, it was too late," said
Minnesota's John Madden, who played last year with the Blackhawks. "They use
the ice well. They all skate well, and they exit their zone really well and
don't always use the boards. We've got to stay in the game and no matter
what they're doing play our style."
Both goaltenders stood strong in the first period, with Backstrom making 11
saves while Turco had nine.
It looked as though that trend would continue through the second period, but
Chicago broke through with 31 seconds remaining in the frame on Brouwer's
Turco maintained the shutout through 40 minutes with seven saves.
Just 3:26 into the third, Keith doubled Chicago's advantage, which would prove
With 5:54 to play in the game, Zidlicky found a loose puck just to the right
of the goal mouth, and Turco was stationed at the top of the crease. With a
wide-open net at which to shoot, Zidlicky easily deposited the disc into the
net to trim the deficit to one.
Minnesota nearly tied the game 1 1/2 minutes later, but Turco made a sliding
pad stop to halt a shot from the slot area. Backstrom was pulled in an attempt
to net the equalizer, but Jake Dowell scored an empty-net goal with 36 seconds
left to seal the outcome for Chicago.
The Blackhawks won three of four versus the Wild last season...Minnesota has
lost three of four overall...Chicago improved to 3-1-1 on the road this
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