The Minnesota Wild began a four-road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday at the United Center.

The Wild jumped out to a good start and even held a lead for just over five minutes when Devin Setoguchi scored his ninth goal of the season on a rebound. Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery couldn’t handle a shot from Marek Zidlicky, who received a pass in the high slot from Dany Heatley on a rush.

The Blackhawks (26-13-5) gained its first lead, which it would not relinquish, on the power play by Jimmy Hayes. The lead extended to 3-1 just 23 seconds later when Greg Zanon lost track of Viktor Stalberg, who beat Josh Harding in slot between the legs.

Harding saw his night come an end at the 16:27 mark of the second period when he did not control a rebound and Clayton Stoner failed to clear it while having a player in the penalty box. Dave Bolland received the first of his two gift goals by knocking the loose puck into the open net.

The Wild started to get some pressure on Ray Emery until Cal Clutterbuck was assessed a horribly bad goaltender interference penalty. Clutterbuck made very little contact with Emery. In fact, Emery made more contact on Clutterbuck by reaching out to slash the back of his legs.

Through two periods, the Wild were a man short three times while having no power play opportunities. In third, it garnered just one man advantage. It got only one shot on goal on that power play.

The Wild (22-16-6) got back in the game at the 8:56 mark of the third period when Kyle Brodziak knocked a rebound off a shot by Darroll Powe into the open net behind Emery. Brodziak’s rebound goal came in similar fashion to Setoguchi.

An empty net goal by Bolland sealed the Wild’s 12th loss in the last 14 games with just under a minute and a half remaining in the game.

The Wild plays the second game of its road trip Saturday at the St. Louis Blues.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Ray Emery. The Blackhawks goaltender didn’t see a lot shots, but was under pressure in the third period.

No. 2 – Jimmy Hayes. The Blackhawks forward recorded a goal and an assist.

No. 1 – Dave Bolland. The Blackhawks forward scored two goals and had an assist.


Minnesota     1 0 1 – 2

Chicago          1 3 1 – 5

       First Period – 1, Minnesota, Setoguchi 9 (Zidlicky, Heatley), 6:28. 2, Chicago, Shaw 2 (O’Donnell, Frolik), 11:33. Penalties – Johnson, Min (tripping), 17:31.

       Second Period – 3, Chicago, Hayes 3 (Bolland, Brunette), 8:53 (pp). 4, Chicago, Stalberg 13 (Toews, Montador), 9:16. 5, Chicago, Bolland 11 (Montador, Hayes), 16:27 (pp). Penalties – Falk, Min (hooking), 7:20; Clutterbuck, Min (goaltender interference), 15:00.

       Third Period – 6, Minnesota, Brodziak 12 (Powe), 8:56. 7, Chicago, Bolland 12 (Frolik, Hossa), 18:34 (en). Penalties – Hjalmarsson, Chi (holding), 2:28.

       Shots on goal – Minnesota 8-5-10 23. Chicago 13-8-9 30.

       Goalies – Minnesota, Harding (16-20), Hackett (8-8). Chicago, Emery (21-23). A – N/A. Referees – Brad Watson, Rob Martell. Linesmen – Steve Miller, Matt MacPherson.