PITTSBURGH PA - JANUARY 8: Nick Schultz #55 of the Minnesota Wild and Brent Burns #8 of the Minnesota Wild congratulate goaltender Jose Theodore #60 of the Minnesota Wild after Theodore posted a shutout in a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 8 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Wild Vs. Blackhawks: Minnesota Reaches .500 With Shootout Win

Minnesota swept the Chicago Blackhawks in a home-and-home, winning both via shootout.

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Wild Vs. Blackhawks Final Score: Minnesota Back At .500 With 2-1 Shootout Win

The Minnesota Wild will have a chance to close out this season strong after a tumultuous collapse that saw them as the best team in hockey a couple months into the season to completely out of the playoff picture at season's end. On Thursday night, the Wild swept the Chicago Blackhawks in their home-and-home via shootout, 2-1, bringing them back to the .500 mark at 35-35-11.

Cal Clutterbuck tied the game in the third period with less than four minutes remaining to force overtime. After the scoreless overtime period, Devin Setoguchi provided the lone goal in the shootout.

Minnesota will close their season on Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes. Chicago finishes against the Red Wings and, because they picked up a point tonight, can move into the No. 5 spot with a regulation win.

For more on the Minnesota Wild, head to Hockey Wilderness. For more on the Blackhawks, check out Second City Hockey. And for more NHL coverage, head over to SB Nation's NHL hub page.

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Wild Vs. Blackhawks: Minnesota Looks To Reach .500 With Win

Minnesota will attempt to slow down a red-hot Blackhawks squad on Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center.

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