Niklas Backstrom held the Chicago Blackhawks to one goal, but the Minnesota Wild could not solve Ray Emery Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Wild stayed in the game, despite being outshot 31-20, on the back of Backstrom. The Wild goaltender stopped 26 shots, including several re-directions and point-blank opportunities, through two periods.
Marian Hossa provided the goal Emery needed by intercepting a cross-ice pass by Clayton Stoner at the blue line and ripped a shot between Backstrom's legs at the 15:14 mark of the second period.
The Wild (22-15-2) put the pressure on Emery and the Blackhawks in the final minutes of the third period, but could not tie the game.
The Blackhawks (30-5-4) remain atop the Western Conference and have already clinched a playoff spot.
No. 3 – Niklas Backstrom. The Wild goaltender stopped 30 shots in the loss.
No. 2 – Marian Hossa. The Blackhawks forward scored a goal.
No. 1 – Ray Emery. The Blackhawks goaltender stopped 20 shots for the shutout.
Chicago…….0 1 0 – 1
Minnesota…..0 0 0 – 0
First Period – None. Penalties – None.
Second Period – 1, Chicago, Hossa 14 (unassisted), 15:14. Penalties – Rupp, Min (roughing), 6:17; Brookbank, Chi (holding), 12:41; Shaw, Chi (cross checking), 16:44; Konopka, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct); 16:44.
Third Period – None. Penalties – Parise, Min (tripping), 12:12.
Shots on goal – Chicago 11-16-4 31. Minnesota 4-10-6 20.
Goalies – Chicago, Emery (20-20). Minnesota, Backstrom (30-31). A – 19,158. Referees – Dean Morton, Stephen Walkom. Linesmen – Bryan Pancich, Shane Heyer.