And much needed - win for the Wild

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Even that goal - scored by Brent Seabrook in his return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Tuesday night - was a close call and very easily could have been disallowe.

This loss left them red-faced and embarrassed. Jared Spurgeon scored the other goal, while Ryan Suter dished out two assists. Kane had five points for the first time in his career.

Nick Schmaltz and Jonathan Toews netted two goals apiece, while Richard Panik, Patrick Sharp and Jan Rutta each made their own contributions to the scoring frenzy.

Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and Lance Stephenson provided a late boost of energy that almost allowed IN to erase a 10-point deficit IN the final 9:57.

While it wasn't necessarily a must-win game, the Wild knew the importance, especially with only two more games before the bye week. "It doesn't sit well in our stomachs".

"You never want to get beat at home 8-2, you don't want to get beat on the road 8-2", Stone added. It's by far the most frustrating thing about watching them this year. Again, we just keep putting ourselves in holes. "At the end of the day, the better team won".

Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan has been sidelined by another hand injury.

Captain Erik Karlsson wasn't going to point the finger at Anderson or Condon. Coach Joel Quenneville said he's "looking for a little bit more from (Seabrook). whether it's defending, quickness or offensively.". "We don't do a good enough job in our defensive zone to limit the chances". You look at the standings, it doesn't look good.

The Blackhawks scored five times in the second period to break open the game and finished 4 for 6 on the power play. Eight goals versus one goal, and an easy win versus a tough defeat. It really should have been 4-0, but as Mike Milbury kept saying on the telecast that the Hawks were letting them stick around and the opportunity for 2 points against a divisional opponent was lost on Wednesday. Mark Stone scored his 18th goal at 10:35 off his rebound, and Derick Brassard potted his 12th at 16:39 when Stone's wrister struck him in the chest and beat Forsberg.

It was only 42 seconds after Anderson was pulled after giving up four goals on 26 shots and Condon took over that the Senators finally got on the board.

Ottawa has been outscored 61-34 in the second this season. "But now we've had to - and the Blackhawks have had to - go in December and say hey, whoa, if we don't start winning and playing our best hockey now, we're going to be left by the wayside".

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