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Wild Blank Blackhawks as Playoff Hopes Continue to Fade



    Wild Blank Blackhawks as Playoff Hopes Continue to Fade
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    Brandon Saad #20 of the Chicago Blackhawks looks on against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on January 9, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

    Devan Dubnyk made a season-high 44 saves, Charlie Coyle scored twice and the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 on Saturday night.

    Mikko Koivu also scored in the first period for Minnesota, which is 9-0-3 in its last 12 home games. It was Dubnyk's fourth shutout of the season and No. 28 for his career.

    Jeff Glass made 16 saves for last-place Chicago, which has lost five games in a row and nine of its past 11.

    Minnesota bounced back nicely from an ugly loss to Arizona on Thursday night, when it blew a three-goal lead and lost 4-3 to the Coyotes in overtime. Dubnyk played a key role as Chicago outshot Minnesota 44-19, including 15-7 in the third period.

    Coyle had four goals in his first 33 games of the season. But he has found his scoring touch while playing on the third line with Zach Parise and Matt Cullen, picking up four goals in his past six games.

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    He started the scoring at 1:58 of the first when he banked in a shot off Glass from behind the net. Koivu made it 2-0 at 6:31 when he deflected a power-play shot from Matt Dumba from the right circle.

    Coyle scored again on the rush in the second, giving him his first multigoal game of the season.

    Chicago was shut out for the first time since Nov. 4 at Minnesota and the third time overall this season. The Wild improved to 11-4-1 in their last 16 regular-season meetings with the Blackhawks.

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    Stopping pucks has been more of an issue for the Blackhawks than scoring. Since star goaltender Corey Crawford went down with an upper-body injury in December, Chicago has allowed the sixth-most goals in the league and is 7-10-3 during that stretch.

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