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NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Minnesota



(Tuesday, December 5th)

Final Score: Minnesota 3, Chicago 2 (SO)

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Pierre-Marc Bouchard's breathtaking goal in the shootout gave the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center.

In the sixth round of the shootout, Bouchard skated in on net, slammed on the brakes in front, spun around and slid the puck past the outstretched pad of Nikolai Khabibulin.

"I was practicing that move for a couple of years," said Bouchard. "My younger brother taught me that and I thought tonight was a good time to try it."

Patrick Sharp had the last chance for Chicago, but his wrist shot went over the net and Minnesota gained the victory.

Brian Rolston had a goal and an assist and Todd White tallied the other goal for the Wild, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Manny Fernandez stopped 27 shots in the victory.

Brandon Bochenski and Bryan Smolinski each tallied a goal and Khabibulin made 35 saves for the Blackhawks, who lost for the first time in four games.

"Hopefully next time out we'll win the game," said Khabibulin. "I thought the team battled pretty hard tonight. We got a point on the road. We we're trying to get two but it didn't happen tonight."

Denis Savard, who took over coaching duties for Chicago on November 27 after Trent Yawney was fired, was looking to become the first Chicago coach to win his first four games behind the bench. Earlier in the day Savard had his contract extended through the 2007-08 season.

The Blackhawks got on the scoreboard first thanks to Bochenski's first goal of the season just 3:21 into the game for a 1-0 lead.

The Wild, though, tied the game when a shot by Mark Parrish from the low slot was deflected into the net by White with 8:14 left in the first period.

However, Chicago took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission when Denis Arkhipov sent a pass from the left side of the net to the right side where Smolinski one-timed it into the right corner with 2:36 left in the frame.

Minnesota tied the game in the second when Rolston skated in on a breakaway, made a move and slipped the puck between the pads of Khabibulin to make it a 2-2 game with 7:16 left in the second.

Fernandez kept his club in the game in the middle frame by stopping all 10 shots he faced.

Neither club was able to score through the third period and overtime, with Minnesota putting 15 shots on net and Chicago 10.

Game Notes

The Blackhawks host the Coyotes on Thursday...Minnesota hosts Calgary on Thursday...Sid Abel was the only other Blackhawks head coach to win his first three games back in the 1952-53 season...Minnesota has won four straight and seven of eight games against Chicago...Neither team scored on the power play with Chicago having three opportunities and Minnesota four...Rolston leads the Wild with 14 goals and 24 points.

12/05 23:45:43 ET


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