Chicago at Minnesota

Parrish goes Wild with three goals including overtime winner


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mark Parrish was revived, Pavol Demitra returned and the Minnesota Wild rediscovered a second line that can score.

Parrish had a hat trick, including the unassisted winner 3:18 into overtime, to lift the Wild to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Demitra and Mikko Koivu also had a goal and two assists each, giving Parrish plenty of opportunities to escape his slump.

"I think I could've won that game all by myself," said Parrish, who scored on a bad-angle backhander that sneaked under goalie Brian Boucher's arm. He had two power-play goals in regulation.

Minnesota overcame the immediate impact of Chicago star Martin Havlat's return to win for the third straight time. Havlat had two goals and an assist, the second score snapping an 0-for-36 drought by the Blackhawks on the power play -- spanning nine-plus games.

"The legs weren't there, but it was better than I thought it was going to be," said Havlat, who arrived from Ottawa in a three-way trade this summer and missed the last 19 games following an ankle injury. He still, however, leads Chicago with nine goals despite suiting up only eight times.

The Blackhawks, 3-0-3 since Denis Savard took over as coach, were outplayed for most of the game.

The Wild held a 32-19 shots advantage midway through the final period until Jeff Hamilton and Brent Seabrook scored 25 seconds apart -- suddenly tying it at 4 with 6:29 left. Manny Fernandez, who made 22 saves, let Seabrook's blue-line slap shot trickle through his legs.

"I am proud of our guys," Savard said. "They battled back, and we just kept plugging away, kept plugging away."

Until then, the Blackhawks were frustrated. Demitra's pass set up Koivu's go-ahead goal with four seconds left in the second period, after Brian Rolston stole the puck from Bryan Smolinski behind the net on a power play. When the red light flashed, Smolinski broke his stick on the crossbar.

"As hard as I am on myself, we are happy with the point we got being down 4-2," Boucher said. "I choose to look at the positives instead of the fact we didn't get two points."

Demitra, acquired in a draft-day trade with Los Angeles, returned after missing eight games following a concussion - leaving a big hole up front and forcing coach Jacques Lemaire to make several shuffles. Demitra scored in the second period off a 2-on-1 pass from Koivu when Boucher wandered out toward the blue line to clear the puck and was caught way out of position when Minnesota took possession.

Wild fans were wondering where Parrish has been, too, but he hasn't had a health problem to point to. Signed to a five-year, $13.25 million contract to play for his hometown team, Parrish has eight goals and seven assists in 29 games.

Lemaire hasn't been happy with the forward's performance, and Parrish's ice time has decreased. But with Demitra back and Koivu playing well, Parrish found a line that was to his liking -- and Lemaire was quite pleased.

Paid mostly to camp out near the crease and scoop up loose pucks, Parrish did exactly that -- knocking in rebounds of shots by Demitra and Rolston.

"That's exactly what we expected of him when he came in," the coach said. "Not getting three goals every game, but playing the way he's playing right now. He plays like that, he plays with more intensity. And if you look in detail, you'll see that he does a great job along the boards."


  • The Wild reassigned RW Mattias Weinhandl to Houston of the AHL after he cleared waivers to make room for Demitra's activation from the injured list. "You get all the energy, you get all the confidence and you just feel good," said Demitra, who has six goals and 12 assists in 21 games.
  • Boucher (1-9) made his first start in six games and stopped 33 shots. Chicago G Nikolai Khabibulin was in uniform but not on the bench because of flulike symptoms.
  • Marian Gaborik, who was supposed to star on a Minnesota line with fellow Slovakia native Demitra, missed his 22nd game due to a groin injury and is not expected to travel with the team on next week's three-game road trip.
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Mark Parrish starts the game off with a power play goal. He adds two more for eight this season. (AP)
Mark Parrish starts the game off with a power play goal. He adds two more for eight this season. (AP)
Chicago (10-12-5)11204
Minnesota  (16-11-2) «12115
Three Stars
M. Parrish

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
M. Koivu

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
P. Demitra

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
08:34Martin Havlat (8), Slap Shot - Assist: Tuomo Ruutu
15:22Power Play - Mark Parrish (6), Wrist Shot - Assists: Pavol Demitra, Mikko Koivu
11:56Short - Pavol Demitra (6), Snap Shot - Assist: Mikko Koivu
14:07Power Play - Martin Havlat (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Jeff Hamilton, Duncan Keith
19:56Power Play - Mikko Koivu (8), Snap Shot - Assists: Pavol Demitra, Brian Rolston
03:51Power Play - Mark Parrish (7), Snap Shot - Assists: Brian Rolston, Pierre-Marc Bouchard
13:06Jeff Hamilton (8), Wrist Shot - Assists: Tony Salmelainen, James Wisniewski
13:31Brent Seabrook, Snap Shot - Assists: Martin Havlat, Bryan Smolinski
03:18Mark Parrish (8), Backhand Shot - Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
00:36Johnsson: Slashing - 2 min.
14:19Stewart: Tripping - 2 min.
16:36Cullimore: Hooking - 2 min.
03:03Radivojevic: Hooking - 2 min.
06:55Ruutu: Interference - 2 min.
10:44Dupuis: Slashing - 2 min.
13:28Nummelin: Holding - 2 min.
17:17Holmqvist: Hooking - 2 min.
19:27Sharp: Holding - 2 min.
02:10Cullimore: Slashing - 2 min.
03:21Arkhipov: Tripping - 2 min.
07:56Skoula: Hooking - 2 min.
14:38Carney: Tripping - 2 min.
15:13Ruutu: Holding the stick - 2 min.
17:50Ruutu: Hooking - 2 min.
Brian Boucher 63:09335
Manny Fernandez 63:18224
Attendance - 18568
Game Time - 63:18
Referees - Kerry Fraser, Chris Rooney
Line Judges - David Brisebois, Ryan Galloway
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