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Blackhawks three first period goals too much for Wild to overcome

ST. PAUL - The Chicago Blackhawks scored three goals in the first period and cruised to a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday evening at the Xcel Energy Center.

Chicago's Jonathan Toews scored for the Black Hawks. He played college hockey at North Dakota and prep hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault. Martin Havlat and Brent Burns each scored in the third period for Minnesota. Niklas Backstrom allowed all four scores on 34 shots for the Wild, who have alternated wins and losses in their last seven contests.

The Wild kick off a two-game road swing tomorrow night against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

The Wild made one relatively minor trade prior to yesterday's NHL trade deadline. They acquired two minor league players from Boston in exchange for reserve goaltender Anton Khudobin. Minnesota gets defenseman Jeff Penner and the rights to forward Mikko Lehtonen.


The Blackhawks traded forward Ryan Potulny to Ottawa for defenseman Chris Campoli. Potulny is a former Golden Gopher standout, who has spent most of this season with Chicago's AHL affiliate in Rockford and has registered 18 goals and 23 assists in 58 games with the IceHogs. The 26-year-old failed to score a point in three games with the Blackhawks this season. Potulny is a Grand Forks, North Dakota native.