By Jen Jimenez

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — I honestly believe the Wild had Tuesday night’s game won until a questionable hooking penalty on Erik Haula put Chicago on the power play in the last five minutes of a tie game.  That shift in momentum was just what the Hawks needed.

Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner during that power play and the Wild tried to rally back, but just couldn’t make it happen in a 5-3 loss. The biggest problem, in my opinion, was a dreadful second period.  The Wild were out-shot 21-8, the Blackhawks scored three goals and dominated the period.

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As a fan, it’s frustrating to watch a team break down like that after heading into the period with a 1-0 lead.  Now I will say it seems the Wild find ways to come back in games like this and Tuesday night was no exception.  And no surprise, the two guys behind the comeback were Nino Niederreiter (who leads the team in goals) and Marco Scandella (who just returned to the ice after a two-game suspension).

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I should also mention that I named both of these guys as players to watch for the Wild in my last blog.

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Any way you look at it, the Wild doesn’t have any time to wallow in Tuesday night’s loss.  Wednesday night, they’ll be home at Xcel Energy Center to play the Boston Bruins. The good news is the Wild play well against Boston.  In their 11 all-time match ups, the Wild has only lost three times.  Go Wild, beat those Bruins!