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Postgame Hat Trick: Blackhawks 3, Wild 1

Minnesota falls in second game of back-to-back for first time this season Sunday in Chicago

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-1 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center in Chicago on Sunday night:

1. Playing on the second time in as many nights, the Wild came out of the gates a little sluggish.

Minnesota jumped ahead by two goals on the Buffalo Sabres Saturday in St. Paul, a team that -- like the Wild on Sunday -- had played the night before. 

But the Wild couldn't put away the Sabres, and at least initially, the Hawks couldn't put away the Wild. Minnesota hung around, getting back within a goal during a dominant stretch of the second period, but could never quite find a way to tie the game. Eric Staal came close, sliding a puck just outside the post. So did Matt Dumba and Marcus Foligno. 

Minnesota even had a late power play with five minutes left in regulation ... but in the end, it could never find that tying goal.

2. Zach Parise stayed hot, scoring his sixth goal in nine games.

Parise's power-play marker 7:56 into the second period punctuated a good push by Minnesota, which got the Wild within one.

Video: MIN@CHI: Parise nets redirection in front for PPG

With nine goals through the first 20 games of the season, Parise is on pace for 37 goals, which would be his most in nearly a decade.

Minnesota's power play has now connected in each of its past four games and in nine of its past 12 games overall.

3. Speaking of streaks, Matt Dumba and Mikko Koivu each extended theirs.

Both Dumba and Koivu have now each tallied at least a point in four consecutive games.

Koivu has seven points, including five assists, during that stretch, and now leads the NHL in helpers (10) and is tied for first in points (12) since Nov. 6.

Dumba has three goals and five points during the streak. 

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