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Wild top Hawks 5-4 in shootout

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Wild top Hawks 5-4 in shootout
Minnesota Wild 5, Chicago Blackhawks 4
Three Stars of the Game
Devin Setoguchi
1st
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:26
Dany Heatley
2nd
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:31
Nick Leddy
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 22:46
The Minnesota Wild don't mind playing a little longer -- especially when they take home the extra point for their trouble.

The Wild won their third straight game by spoiling Chicago's regular-season home finale with a 5-4 shootout victory on Sunday night. All three wins have come after regulation -- Minnesota beat Florida 3-2 in overtime on Thursday and topped Los Angeles 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday.

Devin Setoguchi and Erik Christensen scored in the shootout for the Wild after Patrick Kane opened the tiebreaker by beating Josh Harding. Setoguchi, who had a goal and two assists in regulation, ripped a low wrister from between the hash marks past Ray Emery's glove for the win.

Though their season has fallen apart after they led the overall standings in early December, the Wild are still playing hard.

"These games are important for a lot of teams," Setoguchi said. "These games are about pride and building toward next season. People might think, `They're out of it," but it's big for our club to finish strong and do things the right way instead of taking a vacation here."

Wild coach Mike Yeo said Setoguchi, acquired from San Jose last June, was unquestionably his team's best player.

"That might be his best game that he's played in a Minnesota Wild jersey, to be honest with you, right from the start," Yeo said. "I think that he's really elevated his game, and it's obviously been a trying season for him, but it's really encouraging to see him going the way he's going right now."

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was impressed with the Wild's effort.

"They've been playing hard," he said. "You look at the start of the year -- they had that great stretch -- and they're playing well now. They brought meaning to the game."

The single point gives Chicago 98, the same as fifth-place Nashville -- but the Predators have a game in hand. The Hawks are off until they visit Minnesota on Thursday.

"It was good to get one point at least," Kane said. "Sometimes those teams are tough to play, with some young guys trying to prove themselves, and you could see at the start they were going to play chippy and make some kind of statement."

Chicago spent the night playing catch-up. The Hawks trailed 1-0, 2-1 and 4-2, but Kane scored in the second period and tied the game 4-4 by scoring a power-play goal with 2:45 left in regulation. He was alone in the slot and took feed from rookie Andrew Shaw after Patrick Sharp forced Minnesota defenseman Tom Gilbert into a turnover.

Dany Heatley, Kyle Brodziak and defenseman Clayton Stoner also scored for Minnesota. Sharp and Viktor Stalberg scored for Chicago, which is 11-2-3 in its last 16 games.

Harding made 31 saves through overtime; Emery stopped 26 shots.

The loss damaged the Hawks' slim hopes of finishing fourth, which would have given them the home-ice advantage in the opening round. That's a consideration -- Chicago finished 27-8-6 at the United Center but is just 17-18-4 on the road.

Chicago is in the postseason for the fourth straight season after missing the playoffs in nine of 10 previous years.

Setoguchi opened the scoring at 10:11 of the first on a breakaway after taking Heatley's long feed, slamming home a loose puck after Emery made a pad save on his first shot. Sharp tied it 34 seconds later by firing defenseman Nick Leddy's centering pass behind Harding from the slot.

Heatley's tap-in power-play goal, capping a tic-tac-toe passing play with Mikko Koivu and Setoguchi, put Minnesota ahead 2-1 at 13:54. Stalberg tied it again at 5:28 of the second when he slipped past the defense, took Brent Seabrook's feed, cut to the net and beat Harding.

But Stoner pinched in and scored on a rebound of Setoguchi's attempted jam shot 20 seconds later to put Minnesota back in front. Brodziak swept in a rebound 41 seconds later for his 21st of the season and a 4-2 lead.

Kane scored from the right circle at 8:20 to cut the deficit back to one.

The good news for the Hawks is that they will get their best defenseman, Duncan Keith, back after a five-game suspension for their next game, Thursday night at Minnesota. There's also a chance that captain Jonathan Toews, who missed his 20th game with a concussion, will be back. He has been cleared to practice with contact.

"Hopefully we get both back and we can become better as a team," Kane said. "That's the biggest thing right now, working on these last two games, you want to move forward and get as high as you can in the standings.

"But I think for all of us in here, we want to be confident about our team going into the playoffs, no matter who we're playing or where we're playing at."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report
scoring summary
1st Period
10:11
MIN
Devin Setoguchi (19) ASST: Dany Heatley (28), Marco Scandella (8)
1 - 0 MIN
10:45
CHI
Patrick Sharp (33) ASST: Nick Leddy (33), Marcus Kruger (16)
1 - 1 Tie
13:54
MIN
PPG - Dany Heatley (22) ASST: Mikko Koivu (29), Devin Setoguchi (16)
2 - 1 MIN
2nd Period
05:28
CHI
Viktor Stalberg (21) ASST: Brent Seabrook (25), Niklas Hjalmarsson (14)
2 - 2 Tie
05:48
MIN
Clayton Stoner (1) ASST: Devin Setoguchi (17), Mikko Koivu (30)
3 - 2 MIN
06:29
MIN
Kyle Brodziak (22) ASST: Tom Gilbert (19), Stephane Veilleux (2)
4 - 2 MIN
08:20
CHI
Patrick Kane (22) ASST: Marian Hossa (48), Nick Leddy (34)
4 - 3 MIN
3rd Period
17:15
CHI
PPG - Patrick Kane (23) ASST: Andrew Shaw (11)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCHIMINTOTAL
1P. Kane
E. Christensen
1 - 1
2P. Sharp
M. Koivu
1 - 1
3D. Bolland
D. Setoguchi
1 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
05:32
MIN
Justin Falk  Fighting (maj) against  Jimmy Hayes
05:32
CHI
Jimmy Hayes  Fighting (maj) against  Justin Falk
06:35
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Bollig
06:35
CHI
Brandon Bollig  Fighting (maj) against  Clayton Stoner
06:43
MIN
Cody Almond  Slashing against  Patrick Kane
06:43
CHI
Andrew Shaw  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Darroll Powe
06:43
MIN
Darroll Powe  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Andrew Shaw
06:43
CHI
Andrew Shaw  Instigator - Misconduct against  Darroll Powe
13:16
CHI
Dave Bolland  Interference against  Nate Prosser
18:34
CHI
Dylan Olsen  Illegal Check To Head against  Darroll Powe
2nd Period
01:24
MIN
Darroll Powe  Interference against  Sean O'Donnell
09:15
MIN
Cody Almond  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Shaw
09:15
CHI
Andrew Shaw  Fighting (maj) against  Cody Almond
3rd Period
04:36
MIN
Jed Ortmeyer  Tripping against  Patrick Kane
16:59
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Dave Bolland
18:16
CHI
Marcus Kruger  Hooking against  Jed Ortmeyer
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Josh Harding
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0
Ray Emery
Ray Emery
15-9-4
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0