The Blackhawks came back from Christmas and got out-shot by a substantial margin on Thursday night.
But Patrick Kane had a hat trick.
And Brandon Saad scored twice.
And, thanks to Collin Delia, the Blackhawks would only need three of those five goals to pick up two points in the standings.
Delia was a delight between the pipes as the Wild bombarded him with rubber. The Wild out-shot the Hawks 15-4 in the first period but the score was tied at one after 20 minutes. Kane scored four minutes into the game to give Chicago an early lead.
Zach Parise tied the game 11 minutes later and that’s where the score would hold.
For Minnesota, that would turn out to be the sum of the offense.
When Saad scored 23 seconds into the second period, the Blackhawks regained the lead.
Kane scored again three minutes later on the power play to extend the lead to two. Little did we know that would be the game-winning goal
Chicago put 11 shots on net in the second period; Minnesota had 16 shots reach Delia.
In the third, Saad scored a power play goal 12 minutes into the third to give the Hawks some cushion.
Eric Staal scored with 51 seconds left in regulation to cut the lead to two. That still felt safe, though, with Delia dominating.
Which speaks volumes about the young netminder’s performance, because nothing has felt “safe” this year for the Blackhawks.
Kane finished off his hat trick 14 seconds after the Staal goal to close the books on the evening. Chicago put together a five-goal performance from the offense, and Delia stopped 46 of 48 to steal the show.
Dylan Strome had another good night, finishing with two assists and three blocked shots while winning half of his 16 faceoffs. Jonathan Toews also collected two assists and won 13 of 29 at the dot.
Brent Seabrook blocked six shots on the night, while Erik Gustafsson was credited with two assists on the blue line.