Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews each scored in the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks stretched their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 4-2 win over the Wild last night in St. Paul.
Tomas Kopecky also scored in the second and Marian Hossa sealed the game with a shorthanded goal with 1:52 left.
The Wild paid for a flat first two periods and lost to one of their primary competitors in the crowded Western Conference race. They’re in the constantly changing final playoff spot with 72 points, and the Blackhawks barged into sixth place with 74 points.
Toews had two assists and has 23 points in his last 14 games, including four goals in his last six. Hossa scored for the fourth straight game and Sharp got his 33d goal of the season, tied for second-most in the NHL.
Martin Havlat scored for the Wild and Brent Burns brought them within one with 4:12 left after digging for his own rebound.
Kopecky then took a delay-of-game penalty, giving the Wild a power play. But they couldn’t keep the puck in their attack zone and Hossa found himself on a 2-on-1 for the clincher.
Red Wings 7, Kings 4 — Drew Miller scored a pair of goals as Detroit routed the Kings in Los Angeles.