Sunday night at the United Center, the Hawks would surprisingly fall in a shoot out, losing to the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Without Duncan Keith, who was finishing up serving his suspension, Sean O'Donnell, Oduya and the rest of the D would have their worst game since Keith's absence. O'Donnell again got beat a few times to the net and Oduya again had trouble winning board battles. Emery did have a decent game, despite losing the shootout. It's common knowledge Emery has trouble in shootouts, whereas Crawford is statistically the league's best shootout goalie.
The loss provided a lot to be happy about, however. Kane continued to lead the team without Toews by scoring two goals. An even harder-nosed Blackhawks team emerged to answer the Wild's gooniness. With the Wild out of the playoffs, they had nothing to do but goon it up Sunday and Hayes, Bollig, and the Legend of Shaw were happy to oblige. The Hawks also came back to tie it up 4-4 after being down 4-2.
Keith and Toews should return before the playoffs and there's no telling what that could do for the currently tough and high-scoring Hawks.