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                          === Wild edge Blackhawks ===
 Chicago,  IL  ( - Jason  Pominville tallied two goals as the
 Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3, at United Center.
 Zach  Parise, Kyle  Brodziak and Justin Fontaine  each lit the lamp as well as
 the  Wild  matched their season-high  of five  goals. Mikael Granlund and Ryan
 Suter  both contributed  two assists  to help  the Wild  extend their  winning
 streak to three games.
 Niklas Backstrom stopped 33-of-36 shots and earned his first win of the season
 in an excellent performance between the pipes.
 "It starts with Backy, no question, he was on top of his game. We were on our
 toes, aggressive, with good sticks and reads," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo.
 Bryan   Bickell,  Patrick  Kane  and  Marcus  Kruger  scored  for  Chicago  in
 defeat.  Corey Crawford  allowed  five goals  on 25  shots  as the  Blackhawks
 dropped their second straight game.
 "We kept ourselves in the game. I don't know how many goals they got off the
 faceoff, bingo-bango take a lead right from the start," said Blackhawks head
 coach Joel Quenneville.
 Parise  opened up  the scoring on the  power play 12:39 into the first period.
 Suter  shot  from the point and  Parise swept the puck past an out-of-position
 Brodziak deflected a shot from Marco Scandella 1:03 into the second to put the
 Wild up 2-0.
 Later  in  the period, Bickell took  a pass from  Nick Leddy in the middle and
 patiently  skated over  towards the left circle, where he shot through traffic
 past Backstrom to cut Minnesota's lead in half.
 Pominville  then scored  the next  two goals  for Minnesota  in his  600th NHL
 career game.
 Suter  sent a  cross-ice pass  to  Granlund at  the left  faceoff circle,  and
 Granlund  found Pominville  in  the middle  for  a quick  shot  over the  left
 shoulder of Crawford.
 Granlund  took a  turnover in the middle  of Chicago's zone and dished a quick
 pass  over to  Pominville,  who slapped  another  shot into  the  net to  give
 Minnesota a 4-1 lead with 10:42 left.
 Kane  took a  touch pass from Jonathan  Toews and wristed it through the five-
 hole of Backstrom to make it 4-2 with close to seven minutes left in the game.
 The Wild would respond less than three minutes later. Mikko Koivu eluded a hit
 and  dished  a pass in  front of the  net to Fontaine,  who lifted a shot over
 Kruger  fired  a quick  shot  past  Backstrom  with  29 seconds  remaining  in
 the game for his first goal of the season.
                                   Game Notes
 Chicago  went 1-for-7  on the power play, while Minnesota went 1-for-5 ... The
 Wild outshot the Blackhawks by a 36-25 margin.
 10/27 00:48:12 ET