Wild 2, Blackhawks 1
Ryan Suter gave Minnesota the lead on a 4-on-4 early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and the Wild held off the Chicago Blackhawks to end a two-game slide. Jonas Brodin scored in the second period for Minnesota (23-17-4). The Wild pulled two points ahead of Chicago (21-16-6) in the tight Central Division and tussle for playoff spots in the Western Conference. Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, a healthy scratch in Chicago’s 8-2 win in Ottawa on Tuesday night, was back in the lineup and celebrated with his first goal since opening night. Chicago’s Anton Forsberg made 25 saves in his third straight start.
Senators 4, Maple Leafs 3
Tom Pyatt broke a tie with 3:05 left and the Ottawa Senators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the final game for both teams before their bye weeks. Pyatt took a feed from Matt Duchene on a 3-on-1 — after Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly got caught pinching at Ottawa’s blue line — and beat Frederik Andersen high to the blocker side. Thomas Chabot, Mike Hoffman and Gabriel Dumont also scored to help the Senators rebound from an 8-2 home loss to Chicago on Tuesday night. Craig Anderson made 44 saves after being pulled against the Blackhawks. Andreas Borgman, James van Riemsdyk and Rielly scored for Toronto, and Andersen made 29 saves. Chabot opened the scoring when he attempted a cross-crease pass only for the puck to bounce off Roman Polak’s foot and past Andersen at midway through the first. Hoffman got inside position on van Riemsdyk in front of the Leafs’ net and finished off a pass from Duchene with an easy tap-in to make it 2-0 in the second period. Dumont put Ottawa back ahead 3-2, following up his initial shot off the end boards that bounced out front of the net for a second attempt.