Hawks bounce back from bad Friday loss to beat Wild 3-1

ST. PAUL—Though they have started slowly after several changes to last season’s championship roster, the Blackhawks still know how to find that winning edge.Marty Turco bounced back from a benching with 25 saves, Troy Brouwer moved up to the top line and got a goal and an assist, and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Saturday.The Blackhawks (7-5-1) have a big target on their backs this season, too, and particularly while Marian Hossa sits out with an upper body injury they’re missing some of that Stanley Cup swagger. They’ve still got a lot of young talent, though, starting with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.Coming off a woeful home performance, a 7-4 loss on Friday to Edmonton from which Turco was pulled after allowing four goals on 12 shots in the first period, the Blackhawks put together a complete effort and made sure to finish off the Wild after taking a 2-0 lead.Brouwer came through with 30 seconds left in the second period when he grabbed one of several big rebounds Niklas Backstrom gave up and moved it from his backhand to his forehand. He caught Backstrom too far forward for an easy tap-in and a 1-0 lead.After Duncan Keith nudged in a wraparound shot that Backstrom couldn’t get a clean look at, the Blackhawks led 2-0 early in the third period. Turco let in a late goal by Marek Zidlicky on a nifty one-touch pass from Mikko Koivu, but Jake Dowell added an empty-netter at the end and Turco held strong after the brief lapse.Backstrom, who blanked Washington for 58-plus minutes on Thursday, kept the Wild in it for most of the first two periods. He made a diving stop of a wraparound shot by Toews with his glove and recovered in time to deny a rebound shot by Brouwer. Backstrom had a little good luck, too, when Sharp’s shot clanked off the pipe right at the end of a Blackhawks power play.For Minnesota center John Madden, the 37-year-old third-liner with three Cup championship rings, this was his first on-ice chance to reunite with last season’s teammates after leaving the Hawks as a free agent. So he knows what they’ve got.The Blackhawks scratched C Dave Bolland for the first time this season. He has an upper-body injury.

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