Chicago was highlighted by a huge game from Patrick Kane in the win at Ottawa as he tallied a goal and four assists.
"We had some OK zone time, but we really weren't connecting on passes", said Patrick Kane, who was held off the scoresheet after posting a career-high five points at Ottawa. With a 14.4 percent success rate, the Hawks had the third-worst power play in the league going into the game and were 0-for-9 over their last four games.
After what Boudreau dubbed an "embarrassing" start by the Wild in which it was overwhelmed by the Blackhawks in the first period en route to a one-goal deficit, the team cleaned up its play the rest of the way to rally for a critical 2-1 win over its division rival at United Center.
"I think we want to go in the break feeling good about where we are at in the standings", Smith said after Thursday's win, per NHL.com.
Granlund and Spurgeon scored in the third period as Minnesota overcame a 2-0 deficit before ultimately losing in overtime.
No matter what the changes are on the Chicago Blackhawks" roster, the difference in what the "Hawks have been doing offensively is the play of their top line since Vinnie Hinostroza was put with Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews.
"I think one of the things we really haven't really had the fortune of this year is to have a hot power play", Kane said. "I really can not be honest than to say we have to find a way to be better and more consistent". "We made mistakes, we made mistakes in key areas and our goaltenders have been solid". It was Seabrook's first goal since the Blackhawks' opening-night 10-1 rout of Pittsburgh last October 5. Brassard then made it 4-2 by driving to the net and tipping a Stone shot in off his chest.
Anderson and Condon gave up a combined five goals on nine shots in the second period alone.
Bobby Ryan added to the misery by leaving the game favouring his hand and didn't return for the third. "We have to find a way in our room to have better second periods". "From there, it's going to be good". "I really can not be any more honest with you than admitting that we have to find a way to be better in the second, more consistent and play to our capabilities".
Notes: D Mark Borowiecki (concussion), Johnny Oduya (lower body) and C Nate Thompson (lower body) did not play for the Senators.
Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is a healthy scratch for the game, one of many changes the team has made in the last couple of days.
Do the Minnesota Wild have a great shot at upsetting the host Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8PM ET?