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Bolland, Crawford Lead Blackhawks Past Wild, 3-1

(Sports Network) - Dave Bolland collected three assists and Corey Crawford turned away 33 shots in Chicago's 3-1 victory over Minnesota at the United Center.

"I felt good from the start and our guys played great tonight," Crawford said.

Brian Campbell and Troy Brouwer both scored power-play goals for the Blackhawks, who returned to the Windy City off a 2-2-2 road trip.

Matt Cullen netted a power-play goal and Jose Theodore made 34 saves for the Wild, who had their three-game win streak snapped Tuesday by Vancouver.

Campbell staked Chicago to a 1-0 lead, unloading a slap shot from the high slot at the 12:59 mark of the first period.

Cullen pumped home the equalizer at 6:59 of the third period, but the Blackhawks responded 34 seconds later. Brouwer held the puck below the right circle and sent a pass that deflected in off the stick of Minnesota defenseman Greg Zanon.

"It was an unlucky bounce for us," Wild forward Martin Havlat said.

Jake Dowell's empty-netter sealed the win with 59 seconds remaining.

Game Notes

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville missed Wednesday's game after being admitted to a Chicago-area hospital in the morning with an undisclosed medical condition...Chicago's Marian Hossa had two assists...Brouwer notched his 100th NHL point...Havlat played in his 600th career game.

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Wild Head To Chicago To Battle Blackhawks

(Sports Network) - After a so-so road trip, the Chicago Blackhawks return to the United Center tonight hoping to avoid a seventh loss in nine contests with the opener of a three-game homestand versus the Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks return to the Windy City off a 2-2-2 road trip, dropping the final two contests of the swing in a shootout to Dallas and Phoenix. They are 16-13-0 at home this season, but have lost two straight.

Duncan Keith and Troy Brouwer had regulation goals versus the Coyotes on Saturday, but Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa failed on shootout bids in a 3-2 setback. Kane also came up short on an overtime breakaway and Corey Crawford ended with 23 saves in net.

"I thought we had a good third period and we had a good look there before the shootout," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville.

Hossa did log an assist to record his 800th NHL point.

Kane has five goals and four assists in six games this month, but is questionable for tonight due to flu-like symptoms that held him out of practice on Tuesday. Jake Dowell (flu-like symptoms) and Fernando Pisani (head) are also questionable.

The Blackhawks will also be without Quenneville after the coach was admitted to the hospital early on Wednesday. Though no specifics were given of Quenneville's ailment, Dr. Michael Terry did say in a release on the team's website that it is not of cardiac nature.

Assistant coach Mike Haviland will take over Quenneville's role on the bench tonight.

"We certainly wish Joel a speedy recovery and we will do everything possible to support him and his family throughout the process," said Chicago general manager Stan Bowman.

Minus their head coach, the Blackhawks could certainly use Kane tonight as they are four points back of a playoff spot. The Wild are bit closer, tied for ninth in the Western Conference standings and one point behind the eighth- place Flames. Minnesota had a three-game win streak end and fell to 9-3 in its 12 games with a 4-1 home setback last night to Vancouver.

Niklas Backstrom faced just 13 shots, but allowed three to get by him. Cal Clutterbuck scored his fourth goal in three games to lift his career-high season total to 18.

"They deserved to win -- they capitalized on their chances and we failed to do so, but I thought we played well enough to win the game," said Clutterbuck.

Minnesota also had a four-game home winning streak end and are hoping tonight to avoid consecutive losses for the first time since a three-game slide from Jan. 9-14.

The Wild, who have won five of their last seven on the road, could go with Jose Theodore over Backstrom because of play on back-to-back nights. Theodore is 6-6-1 with a 2.60 goals-against average in his career versus the Blackhawks, while Backstrom is 4-5-0 with a 2.60 GAA against them.

The Wild earned a 4-2 road win when these clubs last met on Jan. 25, their seventh victory in the last 10 trips to the United Center. The Blackhawks have still won four of the last six matchups overall.

Crawford allowed four goals on 22 shots in that January meeting, while Brouwer scored to give him a pair of goals and an assist in the two meetings.

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Canucks Defeat Wild, 4-1, At XCel Energy Center

(Sports Network) - Manny Malhotra tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

Jannik Hansen and Mikael Samuelsson also scored for the Canucks, who sit atop the entire NHL with 83 points and have captured eight of their last 10 games overall. Ryan Kesler added an empty-net goal while Cory Schneider made 28 saves in the win.

Cal Clutterbuck scored the lone goal for the Wild, who saw their three-game win streak halted.

"They deserved to win -- they capitalized on their chances and we failed to do so, but I thought we played well enough to win the game," said Clutterbuck.

Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom allowed three goals on just 13 shots.

A power-play goal 5:15 into the game gave the visitors an early lead. With Martin Havlat in the penalty box for hooking, a faceoff win led to the puck being drawn back to the left point for a slap shot by Sami Salo. On its way to the net, the puck was deflected by Malhotra, who was stationed inside the near circle. A jumping screen by Alexandre Burrows also blinded Backstrom, who did not see the puck as it flew behind him into the back of the cage.

The Wild knotted the contest via Clutterbuck's 18th goal -- assisted by Kyle Brodziak and Jared Spurgeon -- with 2:58 remaining in the opening stanza.

A rebound tally by Hansen from the right circle gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead at the 12:49 mark of the middle session. Malhotra sent a wrist shot toward the net from the right circle and the puck hit traffic in front before Hansen's rebound attempt from the left side hit the near post and went in.

With 18.1 seconds to play before the second intermission, the visitors moved ahead by two on Samuelsson's 16th marker of the campaign. Kesler held control along the right side and slipped a short pass to Samuelsson, whose one-timer from the near circle lit the lamp.

Vancouver did not register a shot on goal in the entire third period compared to Minnesota's 13 attempts, but Schneider stopped them all and Kesler's short- handed tally into the open cage in the final seconds capped the scoring.

"We knew they were going to come out playing hard in the third period and they did," said Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa. "At times we were on our heels in our defensive zone, but in the end, we played an effective game and got the win."

Game Notes

Kesler now has 33 goals, which leads the Western Conference. Teammate Daniel Sedin is second with 29...The Wild ended 1-for-4 on the power play, while Vancouver was 1-for-1 with the extra skater..Attendance was 18,106.

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