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Blackhawks Crazy Blog: Hawks/Wild rivalry intensifies

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By Scott King

The Blackhawks’ new-found rivalry with the Minnesota Wild went up a notch Sunday night at the United Center.

After a tight-checking first period, Wild winger Erik Haula scored 50 seconds into the second period to put the Wild ahead 1-0. Nino Niederreiter scored right after a quality penalty kill by the Hawks later on in the first period to put Minnesota ahead by two goals.

Andrew Shaw scored on a delayed toe-drag shortly after that to put the Blackhawks within one goal. Hawks forward Richard Panik made it 2-2 on a wraparound goal late in the second period.

In the third period, Patrick Kane went to the locker room after an open-ice hit from Wild defenseman Matt Dumba. Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin put Dumba in a headlock and dropped his gloves to stand up for his teammate.

“I loved the response,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville of Panarin’s retaliation. “Just like the crowd did.”

“I know he’s a feisty guy, and when someone hits one of your star players like that, it’s a penalty we’ll kill any day.” Shaw said. “Him coming over here, being [in] his first year in the NHL and knowing what we do for our teammates…we stick up for them, and we’re a family here in this room. To see him do that, you have to give him a lot of respect.”

Kane returned around the 10 minute mark of third period.

After an uneventful overtime, Charlie Coyle scored in the shootout after all three Hawks players (Toews, Kane, Panarin) missed, giving the Wild the extra point. 3-2 was the final score.

“We did a lot of good things, but at the same time, there’s still a ways to go to get to where we want to be, where we need to be.” said Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith.

Darling’s third consecutive start:

Scott Darling made 32 saves on 34 shots and stopped 2 of 3 Wild shooters in the shootout.

“It was my first one of the year,” Darling said. “I like shootouts. It was actually the first time I’ve been scored on.”

“I’m happy to be playing, it’s good for me to get a little momentum. It’s good going forward that I’ll have this experience.”

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