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Zidlicky scores twice as Wild tame Blackhawks

Jan 20, 2009 - 5:31 AM
CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Defenseman Marek Zidlicky halted the Minnesota Wild's struggles on the road and the Chicago Blackhawks' dominance at home all in one night.

Zidlicky netted a pair of power-play goals and added an assist while captain Mikko Koivu scored a goal and set up two others as the Wild vanquished the Blackhawks, 4-1, on Monday.

Rookie Cal Clutterbuck added an empty-netter with 34 seconds remaining in the contest and Owen Nolan and Andrew Brunette notched two assists apiece for the Wild, who had dropped eight of their last 10 games on the road.

"This is a huge win for us and big two points," Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said. "The crowd is loud here now and it's tough to play here."

Niklas Backstrom turned aside 40 shots and helped Minnesota win for the third time in four games.

"This is a good win for us; we played a solid 60 minutes," Backstrom said. "When we got shorthanded, the guys played well around me. It was nice to get an early lead."

Martin Havlat scored the lone tally for Chicago, which fell to 14-3-5 at home this season.

"We got away from our game plan," Blackhawks defenseman James Wisniewski said. "They are good at forcing you to make plays at their blue line. One moment something is there and then it is not. They play a very good boring game and it works for them."

Prior to this contest, a 6-5 setback to the San Jose Sharks on November 16 was the Blackhawks' only regulation loss at the United Center. They had cruised to an 8-0-1 mark in the nine subsequent games.

However, it did not take long for the Wild to put an end to that run.

"We got behind 1-0 and then things changed really quickly," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said. "When they get the first goal ... they get really tough. Then they score the power-play goal and we are in a big hole."

Koivu opened the scoring midway through the first period by firing a slap shot from the slot past Nikolai Khabibulin to notch his 50th career tally.

"I don't know if it hit (Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook's) skate or his stick," Koivu said. "I was just trying to put the puck on net and it went in."

Zidlicky then doubled Minnesota's lead with 96 seconds remaining in the session.

"That is good," Zidlicky said of playing on eight power plays. "I was just shooting the puck to the net and there was a great screen."

Zidlicky struck again 5:53 into the second, beating Khabibulin with a wrister from in front of the net.

"If you are on the power play, you have shoot and I am glad I helped us get two points," Zidlicky said.

Lemaire was impressed with Zidlicky's big performance.

"He did what we want him to do, and that is shoot the puck," Lemaire said. "He has a good shot and he has to use it."

Havlat cut Chicago's deficit to 3-1 five minutes later, but Backstrom was impenetrable the rest of the way en route to registering his third 40-save effort of the season.

"When you are not scoring, guys have to find other ways to chip in," Quenneville said. "This was a game to play patient in a lot of areas and at times we weren't patient."

Clutterbuck secured the victory by recording his seventh goal of the season with 34 seconds left in the game with Khabibulin on the bench.

Khabibulin stopped 22 shots for the Blackhawks, who were without defenseman Duncan Keith for the third straight contest due to an apparent concussion suffered in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

"We got off to a bad start," Khabibulin said. "It's hard to win when you fall behind by three goals. It's hard when (Keith) is not there, but we have to win even if he isn't playing."

Slated to play in his first All-Star Game later in the month, Chicago's Patrick Kane was held off the scoresheet and has just one point in his last 10 games.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    MINNESOTA 2 1 1 4
    CHICAGO 0 1 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - MIKKO KOIVU 13 (OWEN NOLAN, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 10:15
    MIN - (PP) MAREK ZIDLICKY 7 (OWEN NOLAN, MIKKO KOIVU) 18:14
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) MAREK ZIDLICKY 8 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, MIKKO KOIVU)
    5:53
    CHI - MARTIN HAVLAT 15 (AND

    Jan 19 10:32 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 4
    CHICAGO 1
    3RD PRD: MIN - (EN) ERIC BELANGER 10 (UNASSISTED) 19:26

    Wild 4, Blackhawks 1  3rd - 0:34Jan 19 10:31 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 2 1 3
    CHICAGO 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - MIKKO KOIVU 13 (OWEN NOLAN, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 10:15
    MIN - (PP) MAREK ZIDLICKY 7 (OWEN NOLAN, MIKKO KOIVU) 18:14
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) MAREK ZIDLICKY 8 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, MIKKO KOIVU)
    5:53
    CHI - MARTIN H

    Jan 19 9:39 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 3
    CHICAGO 1
    2ND PRD: CHI - MARTIN HAVLAT 15 (ANDREW LADD, AARON JOHNSON) 10:00

    Wild 3, Blackhawks 1  2nd - 10:00Jan 19 9:23 PM
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    Wild 3, Blackhawks 1  2nd - 10:00Jan 19 9:23 PM


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    MINNESOTA 3
    CHICAGO 0
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) MAREK ZIDLICKY 8 (ANDREW BRUNETTE, MIKKO KOIVU)
    5:53

    Wild 3, Blackhawks 0  2nd - 14:07Jan 19 9:15 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MINNESOTA 2 2
    CHICAGO 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MIN - MIKKO KOIVU 13 (OWEN NOLAN, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 10:15
    MIN - (PP) MAREK ZIDLICKY 7 (OWEN NOLAN, MIKKO KOIVU) 18:14
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MIN 13 1

    Jan 19 8:47 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 2
    CHICAGO 0
    1ST PRD: MIN - (PP) MAREK ZIDLICKY 7 (OWEN NOLAN, MIKKO KOIVU) 18:14

    Wild 2, Blackhawks 0  1st - 1:46Jan 19 8:45 PM


  • NHL
    MINNESOTA 1
    CHICAGO 0
    1ST PRD: MIN - MIKKO KOIVU 13 (OWEN NOLAN, MAREK ZIDLICKY) 10:15

    Wild 1, Blackhawks 0  1st - 9:45Jan 19 8:31 PM