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Blackhawks' road run gets extended

Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom stops the puck off the skate of Chicago’s Andrew Brunette. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom stops the puck off the skate of Chicago’s Andrew Brunette. (Tom Olmscheid/Associated Press)
Associated Press / December 15, 2011
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Patrick Kane’s goal in the second round of a shootout clinched the Chicago Blackhawks’ fifth straight victory on the road, 4-3, over the Minnesota Wild last night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

Jonathan Toews also scored in the shootout after giving Chicago a lead with a goal in the third period that Mikko Koivu matched a few minutes later.

Marian Hossa and Michael Frolik gave the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead with second-period goals 89 seconds apart, but Kyle Brodziak and Matt Cullen answered for the Wild later in the period to tie the game.

Wild left wing Guillaume Latendresse, who returned from a 15-game absence because of a concussion Tuesday night, didn’t play after the first period. The team gave no update on his condition.

Ducks 4, Coyotes 1 - Niklas Hagman scored two goals, Jonas Hiller made 19 saves and host Anaheim earned its second win in six games under new coach Bruce Boudreau.

Rod Pelley scored in his Ducks debut and Kyle Palmieri added his first goal of the season for the Ducks.

Martin Hanzal scored for Phoenix’s NHL-worst power-play unit and Mike Smith stopped 24 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost three straight and five of seven.

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