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Minnesota at Chicago

With coach Quenneville in hospital, 'Hawks beat Wild

CBSSports.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford and the Chicago Blackhawks needed this win, and it showed.

Troy Brouwer's perfectly placed centering pass went off a Minnesota defenseman for the tiebreaking goal in the third period, helping Crawford and the Blackhawks beat the Wild 3-1 on Wednesday night without ailing coach Joel Quenneville.

Quenneville was admitted to a hospital with an undisclosed illness after he started feeling discomfort at home late Tuesday. Team physician Dr. Michael Terry said Wednesday morning Quenneville was in stable condition, and there was no further update.

Assistant Mike Haviland was in charge with Quenneville away, and the Blackhawks responded with a spirited effort in their first home game since a 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Jan. 25.

"We just knew what we had to do and what Q wanted us to do, compete and work hard and not change everything," captain Jonathan Toews said. "Havi was great behind the bench. He had full control of everything and showed his experience as a head coach and a leader, and did a great job."

Crawford made 33 saves, and Brian Campbell also scored for Chicago, which had lost six of eight, including its previous two games in shootouts. Jake Dowell added an empty-net goal with 59 seconds left, and Marian Hossa had two assists during a very active night.

"This was probably one of my better ones at home," Crawford said.

The Wild (65 points) and Blackhawks (64) are trying to claw into playoff position in the crowded Western Conference and they played like it during a crisp game.

"Every game is important. There is a lot of teams in the mix, battling for the playoffs," Minnesota forward Martin Havlat said. "We have to move on."

Chicago carried a 1-0 lead into the third, but Matt Cullen got behind the Blackhawks defense during a power play and beat Crawford 6:59 into the period. Rookie Jared Spurgeon set up Cullen's 11th goal with a sharp pass.

The Blackhawks responded less than a minute later. After Chuck Kobasew was sent off for throwing his stick, Brouwer tried to find Hossa in front. The puck appeared to bounce off defenseman Greg Zanon before heading into the net.

"To get rewarded on the power play was a good feeling and it's a great confidence builder," Brouwer said.

Kobasew's penalty was announced as interference and later changed to throwing his stick. Kobasew said the referee told him he threw part of his broken stick at a Blackhawks player, leading to the whistle for interference.

"I went to flex it in the neutral zone. The bottom half broke," he said. "I dropped my stick, I turned, went to the bench for a new stick and I guess they viewed it that I was throwing it at a player.

"Didn't cross my mind. I don't know how it's an interference call."

It was a tough break for Jose Theodore, who kept the Wild in the game with 34 saves.

Dave Bolland added three assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who are heading into a critical stretch of their season. Six of Chicago's next seven games are against Western Conference teams.

"They know what's at stake and what this is all about," said Haviland, who was presented with a game puck. "I was just proud to see those guys step up like they did."

Minnesota outshot Chicago 17-10 in the opening period and had two power plays, but the Blackhawks still had the lead after one. Crawford made nice stops on Mikko Koivu, Antti Miettinen and Cal Clutterbuck. Campbell's power-play slap shot got past a screened Theodore at 12:59.

Minnesota's streaking penalty killers got more action in the second and responded by helping Theodore shut out the Blackhawks during eight power-play minutes covering three calls. Entering the game, the Wild had killed 89.7 percent of penalties since Dec. 31.

"We had some chances to win the game," Havlat said. "Those eight, 10 minutes in the second period was very important."

The Blackhawks also had several even-strength opportunities in the second but couldn't convert. Hossa had a look at an open net but Cam Barker tied up his stick. Theodore also made pad saves on Hossa and Bryan Bickell.

Notes

  • Havlat played in his 600th NHL game.
  • Chicago leads the season series 2-1. The final game is Feb. 28 in Minnesota.
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Assistant coach Mike Haviland takes over the bench duties as head coach Joel Quenneville is hospitalized. (AP)
Assistant coach Mike Haviland takes over the bench duties as head coach Joel Quenneville is hospitalized. (AP)

Scoreboard
Minnesota (30-22-5)0011
Chicago  (29-22-6) «1023
Three Stars
C. Crawford
CHI


Saves: 33
Save Pct.: .971
T. Brouwer
CHI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Theodore
MIN


Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .944
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:59Power Play - Brian Campbell (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Bolland, Hossa
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
06:59Power Play - Matt Cullen (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Spurgeon, Koivu
07:33Power Play - Troy Brouwer (17), Tip-In. Assist: Bolland, Keith
19:01 - Jake Dowell (6), Empty Net. Assist: Bolland, Hossa
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:21Hjalmarsson, 2 min, Hooking
11:37Cullen, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:52Kane, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
2ND PERIOD
42.0Stoner, 2 min, Hooking
02:57Clutterbuck, 4 min, High-Sticking
11:57Schultz, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
05:22Bickell, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
07:22Kobasew, 2 min, Throwing Stick
Shots On Goal
 123T
MIN178934
CHI1018937
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jose Theodore59:04342
Corey Crawford59:54331
Game Information
Attendance - 21535
Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Bryan Pancich, Mark Wheler
 
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