Blackhawks extend points streak with win over Wild
Chicago responded with four consecutive goals in a span of 5:43, showing off the depth and tenacity at the center of its long points streak. Coming against the talented Wild, one of three teams with a victory over the Blackhawks this season, it was quite the statement.
Saad kicked off the dizzying display when he followed his own backhand attempt with another one that found the back of the net at 13:02. Bickell then swept in another rebound 44 seconds later, and scored again at 17:12 when Saad got the puck away from the boards and found him for a wrister that went in off Backstrom's left arm.
The Blackhawks tacked on another one when Jonathan Toews forced a turnover in the Minnesota end, and Saad made a nifty pass to Hossa for his 10th goal of the season. Chants of "Hossa! Hossa!" cascaded down from the rafters as the right wing celebrated his first goal since he beat Edmonton in overtime on Feb. 25.
"We had some stretches, we made some real nice plays," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Got a little loose there on the (penalty kill) and they got a little momentum off that in the third, but good start."
The night began with each of the Blackhawks wearing a No. 81 jersey during pregame warmups as the franchise honored Hossa for his milestone appearance. The 34-year-old forward was joined by his wife, Jana, and daughter Mia for the pregame ceremony, when he was presented a silver stick and a painting of when he hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time in 2010.
Hossa, who signed a free-agent deal with Chicago in 2009, held Mia in his arms for much of the ceremony and maintained a stoic look as the crowd chanted his name in tribute.
"It was a special night for me, for my family," He said. "It was amazing to have my wife and daughter right there with me at the ceremony. It was a nice, warm welcoming by the fans and I enjoyed it."
NOTES: Blackhawks C Dave Bolland returned to the lineup after missing five consecutive games with an upper-body injury. ... C Zenon Konopka and D Nate Prosser were scratched for the Wild. ... Blackhawks RW Michael Frolik was scratched due to an illness.
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