Wild Wins 9th Straight vs. Hawks

Minnesota survives Chicago onslaught thanks to hot goalie
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2008 12:25 AM CST
Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding sprays his face with water during the first period of an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A glance at the 5-2 final tonight and one might think Minnesota controlled the play - but that wasn't the case, reports the Tribune. Wild goalie Josh Harding made 41 saves to keep his team in it while his counterpart, Nikolai Khabibulin, stopped only 11 of 16 shots as Chicago's winless streak hit eight games. His coach seemed to notice.

"I hate to blame Khabby for the loss, but those goals he knows are not good goals," said Denis Savard. Chicago scored a goal early but then stumbled in the second period, eventually being booed off the ice by the sellout crowd. Top scorer Marian Gaborik scored twice for Minnesota while Mark Parrish extended his point streak to eight games.