Posted December 06, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Last spring, the Chicago Blackhawks disposed of the Minnesota Wild in five games of the first-round playoff series on their way to the Stanley Cup championship. With the Blackhawks now a Central Division rival in the realigned NHL, the Wild have their hands full. But they've clearly closed the gap. Marco Scandella's slap shot with 1:48 left, the defenseman's first goal this season, lifted the Wild to a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday. "Against a team like Chicago, coming back, it feels good," Scandella said. "It's a great feeling in the room right now. We battled all game. We stuck with it, which is the important thing." The Wild have won two of three meetings with the Blackhawks this season. "Anytime you beat a team like that, it's important. Everybody knows how good they are," said star Zach Parise. "For us, it's been a tough stretch for us where some games we haven't played as well as we need to, but I th...
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