Zucker scores early, Wild hand Blackhawks 2nd straight loss

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ST. PAUL, Minn.  — Jason Zucker scored 18 seconds into the game and assisted on Nino Niederreiter’s winner to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night.

Ryan Carter, Charlie Coyle and Jared Spurgeon also had goals for Minnesota, which dealt its playoff nemesis Chicago its second straight loss.

Mikko Koivu added three assists, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves, as the Wild won their fifth straight at home to start the season.

Jonathan Toews scored twice for the Blackhawks, which finally snapped a 5-on-5 scoring drought. Brent Seabrook and Artem Anisimov had a goal each for Chicago and Scott Darling stopped 25 shots.

The Blackhawks have beaten Minnesota in the second round of the playoffs the past two seasons.