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Hossa's unassisted goal gives Emery, surging Blackhawks 1-0 victory over Wild

Tuesday, 04.09.2013 / 10:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Hossa's unassisted goal gives Emery, surging Blackhawks 1-0 victory over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Marian Hossa's unassisted goal late in the second period lifted the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth win in six games, 1-0 over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Ray Emery started for the Blackhawks for the third straight game and made 20 saves for his second shutout in that stretch and third of the season. He helped hand the Wild their fifth loss in seven games.

Hossa looked like a Bears defensive back jumping in front of a wide receiver's route when he darted in front of Clayton Stoner's seemingly harmless breakout pass toward Mikko Koivu in the Wild zone.

Hossa intercepted the bouncing pass in front of the blue line, skated up the middle and snapped a shot past goalie Niklas Backstrom's stick with 4:46 left in the period.

It was Hossa's first goal since March 16 at Dallas.

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