Luckily for the Wild, they escaped only down one goal, and they came out with some more energy after intermission.
"You saw the first period", Boudreau said.
Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, a healthy scratch in Chicago's 8-2 victory in Ottawa on Tuesday, was back in the lineup and celebrated with his first goal since opening night. "And then going in the third down 6-2 it's going to be hard, and especially when they're having a night on their PP (power play) and they score another two".
But that's all the Blackhawks could muster.
Panik's goal preceded a parade of points from Kane, who had four assists during a five-goal second period. "It's tough, but you've just got to stay focused. You want to build off that and we didn't do it". Patrick Sharp contributed a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks drove Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson to cover before the second period was half over.
At the start of the second period, however, the Wild started to look a little less overmatched and were able to tie the game early in the period thanks to a Jonas Brodin goal that was deflected into the net behind Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg. Crawford's undisclosed upper-body injury likely would have prevented him from playing, anyway. There's no timetable for his return.More news: ISM manufacturing PMI rises to 59.7 in December from 58.2
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Seabrook, one of the team's alternate captains, has been with the Blackhawks all 13 seasons of his National Hockey League career and is fifth all time in games played for the franchise.
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.
It has been an eventful week of small moves for the Chicago Blackhawks, who, at the season's halfway mark, are out of playoff contention.
Ryan has five goals and 12 assists in 32 games this season.
"There's a lot of things that line up to make this a big tilt", Eric Staal said before the game. Kane, Chicago's leading scorer, and Minnesota C Eric Staal were named Wednesday to the NHL All-Star Game.
The total has gone under in four of the Wild's last six games for totals bettors when they were playing for the second consecutive day. He is expected to be out until the Wild returns from their bye week on January 20.