And much needed - win for the Wild

Brent Seabrook has one goal and 10 assists in 41 games this season

Brent Seabrook has one goal and 10 assists in 41 games this season

Granlund and Spurgeon scored in the third period as Minnesota overcame a 2-0 deficit before ultimately losing in overtime.

"You saw the first period", Boudreau said.

"To [the Wild's] credit, I thought in the second and third period, they really buckled down and played really hard".

After giving people a glimmer of hope with two straight wins on the weekend, the Senators hit the midpoint of the season by taking a knockout punch on the chin in Game 41 in a disgusting 8-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in front of 14,007 at the Canadian Tire Centre.

But that's all the Blackhawks could muster. "(The Wild) did a good job intercepting plays we were looking for, so it a little bit of different club were going up against. Kane exploded for his best performance of the season with a five-point night. "You just never want to play those types of games". The Blackhawks broke in the second half of their season by topping the Senators, 8-2.

Toews bagged his 14th goal of the season at 3:24 of the third period, and Kane polished off the outburst, scoring his 18th on the power play at 10:01.

Forsberg made several big saves down the stretch to keep the Hawks in the game, but the third and final failed power play doomed them to defeat. Crawford's undisclosed upper-body injury likely would have prevented him from playing, anyway.

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Against the Senators on Tuesday, the Blackhawks will instead have younger defenders Jordan Oesterle, Connor Murphy, Michal Kempny, Gustav Forsling and Jan Rutta in the lineup.

After the Richard Panik trade, Joel Quenneville made a decision to go with seven defensemen so he could get Seabrook back in the lineup without removing another defenseman after an 8-2 victory in Ottawa a night earlier.

The Blackhawks acquired winger Anthony Duclair and defenseman Adam Clendening from Arizona before the game in a trade for right wing Richard Panik and minor league forward Laurent Dauphin.

If there is one word to describe the Chicago Blackhawks this season is inconsistency.

"Some guys are mentioning you could be in second place in our division and still feel like if you lose a couple games it could go the other way on you", said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who has at least two points in three of his last four games.

NOTES: Entering Wednesday, the 32-year-old Seabrook had just one goal and 10 assists in 41 games and had often looked sluggish. Kane, Chicago's leading scorer, and Minnesota C Eric Staal were named Wednesday to the NHL All-Star Game. The over is 4-2-1 in those games.

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