NHL: Chicago 4, Minnesota 3 (SO)

Dec. 14, 2011 at 10:28 PM
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane produced shootout goals Wednesday, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over Minnesota in a battle of division leaders.

Minnesota overcame a two-goal deficit in the second period and rallied from one down in the third but the Wild could not beat Ray Emery in the shootout.

Toews and Kane quickly ended the shootout with tallies in the first two rounds, sending the Blackhawks to their third straight victory. Minnesota has lost two in a row after winning seven straight.

Marian Hossa and Michael Frolik scored 1:29 apart in the second to put Chicago in front but the Wild tied it before the period was over on goals by Kyle Brodziak and Matt Cullen.

The Blackhawks regained the lead on the 18th of the season from Toews 6:54 into the third and Mikko Koivu again deadlocked it with 5:04 to go in regulation.

Emery made 27 saves and Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots for the Wild before allowing the back-to-back shootout goals.

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