In the wake of the Blackhawks making a surprising trade before their game against the Wild on Wednesday, Chicago opted to keep Tomas Jurco out of the lineup and instead went with seven defensemen – including Seabrook.
The Hawks dominated the puck in the first period and 12:24 into the game Seabrook put home a redemption goal.
Nick Schmaltz continued his red-hot play and picked up an assist on the Seabrook goal; Michal Kempny also got credit for a helper.
Minnesota challenged that the play of offside but the goal was upheld. Chicago received a power play for the failed coach’s challenge but did nothing with the advantage.
When the dust settled after 20 minutes the Hawks had a 14-5 shot advantage. Chicago was credited with 41 shot attempts, and the Wild were credited with an astounding 21 blocks in the first period alone. Minnesota only had 11 shot attempts in the first.
The Hawks continued to dominate puck possession into the second period but continued to lead by only one goal. They allowed the Wild to hang around long enough that the inevitable finally happened half-way through the second. Jonas Brodin tied the game at one, a painful reminder that one goal leads are never big enough in the division.
Minnesota out-shot Chicago 10-9 in the second period but the score remained tied heading to the third.
Marcus Foligno checked Jan Rutta in the head 84 seconds into the third and went to the box. Unfortunately, Patrick Kane tripped Charlie Coyle 78 seconds into the advantage to cancel the remaining power play time for Chicago. During the 4-on-4 Ryan Suter unloaded and gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead.
Kane had been double-shifting since the beginning of the game with the Blackhawks skating only 11 forwards; he was over 20 minutes already in the game when he went to the box.
Devan Dubnyk was on point after the Seabrook goal and his teammates continued to take advantage of Chicago mistakes.
Ryan Hartman was able to get a penalty called on Brodin with 5:25 left in regulation but all of the good vibes the Blackhawks had the night before were missing from the power play on Wednesday. Too much puck handling and the twp minutes expired without a good shot making its way to the net. Indeed, Minnesota had the best scoring chance while short-handed during the Brodin penalty.
An ugly turnover with a little more than two minutes left in regulation gave Mikael Granlund a breakaway and he was slashed by Jordan Oesterle. So, with 2:10 left, the Blackhawks would be short-handed for two minutes.
The Blackhawks successfully killed the penalty but were left with only 20 seconds of time to get Forsberg off the ice. There simply was not enough clock left and the Wild skated away with two points in regulation.
Brandon Saad led Chicago with six shots on net. Jonathan Toews won 13 of 22 faceoffs. David Kampf had another nice night at the dot, winning eight of 15.
With seven defensemen dressed, Connor Murphy took a penalty in the second period and became the odd man out. He was limited to 7:59 on the ice.
Seabrook skated 15:20 and scored his second goal of the season – the total of the Hawks’ offense for the night.
Minnesota moves in front of the Blackhawks in the standings with the victory.
During the game, GM Stan Bowman met with the media and said he expects forward Anthony Duclair to join the team in time for Friday night’s game. Defenseman Adam Clendening will report directly to Rockford.