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Wild take down champion Blackhawks

AP photo Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding makes a save during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Thursday.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Marco Scandella’s slap shot with 1:48 left, the defenseman’s first goal this season, lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Jonas Brodin scored on a power play with 5:39 remaining to tie the game for the Wild, who raised their home record to 12-3-2 and handed the Blackhawks their first loss in their past seven road games.

With Charlie Coyle partially screening Corey Crawford at the edge of the crease, Brodin wound up and sent the puck ricocheting off Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya and past the goalie’s outstretched glove.

Crawford made 19 saves.

After nearly taking a 2-0 lead into the second intermission, the Wild suddenly trailed 3-2 after a forceful Blackhawks comeback.

The first two of Chicago’s four shots on goal in the third period got past Minnesota goalie Josh Harding, first by Brandon Saad and then by Marian Hossa.

Harding stopped 16 shots and improved to 7-3 in his career against the Blackhawks, who entered the night with an NHL-high 44 points. He’s 12-1 at home this season.

Love leaves team to mourn grandmother’s passing

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has left the team to mourn the passing of his maternal grandmother.

The team says Carol Lee Craig died on Wednesday night, when Love and the Wolves were in Mexico City to play the San Antonio Spurs. That game was postponed because of a problem in the arena and the Wolves flew home late Wednesday night.

The team says Love will not practice on Friday. The Wolves next play against the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

Love’s status for the game is unknown. His grandmother’s death also forced Love to cancel two community appearances scheduled for Friday that related to his annual winter coat drive.

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