Patrick Kane scored his 15th goal of the season to extend his point streak to 20 games, but that was the extent of the Hawks offense as Chicago lost their return to the United Center to division rival Minnesota 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Jason Pominville scored his second of the season in a relatively uneventful first period. The second, on the other hand, saw five penalties called and the Blackhawks took advantage of their first power play with Kane’s record-extending tally.
The Hawks were able to successfully kill all four Wild advantages on the night, but the Wild grabbed the lead when Ryan Suter joined the rush and put a loose puck in over an outstretched Corey Crawford for the eventual game-winning goal.
Crawford made 34 saves in the loss.
Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith led the Hawks with three takeaways each, while Brent Seabrook was the only Chicago skater with more than one hit in the game. Keith and Marcus Kruger were each credited with three blocked shots in the loss.
One of the few bright spots in the game was Artem Anisimov, who was credited with two blocked shots, two takeaways and one hit while winning eight of a team-high 18 faceoffs. Tanner Kero struggled at the dot, winning only one of seven faceoffs. Ryan Garbutt (9:32) and Michal Rozsival (9:18) saw limited action; Rozsival took a bad penalty inside the final five minutes of regulation that proved to be costly.
Brandon Mashinter, in all his glory, skated ten shifts and 5:26 in the loss, contributing nothing but doughnuts to the box score. He continues to be an absolute waste of a roster spot.
The Hawks are back on the ice Thursday night in Ottawa.