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Keith brought his 36 assists back to the lineup on this night, following a five-game suspension for elbowing Vancouver Canucks star Daniel Sedin in the head, and the Blackhawks held the Wild to just three shots in the first period and five over nearly the first of the game until the home team woke up.
The Wild beat the Blackhawks 5-4 in a shootout on Sunday, a game filled with 58 penalty minutes. There was some carry-over, with several scrums but no fights. Wild defenseman Nate Prosser was given a five-minute major penalty and ejected from the game for head-butting Mayers in the face a few minutes after his goal, which was put together with pure hustle.
Mayers, who won nine of 12 faceoffs against the Wild on Sunday, took a draw and knocked the puck back to Michael Frolik, who skated behind the net with Warren Peters all over him and threw a shot at Harding with a quick pivot. Mayers was there for the rebound.
The Wild raised their record to 4-0-1 in their past five games, all of them lasting past regulation. This late surge is pushing them down the draft board for this summer, but they've insisted playing well to finish the season is more important. They've got the seventh-worst record in the league. The last five teams get in the lottery for the first overall pick.
Still, with 81 points, they'd need to beat Phoenix on Saturday to avoid their worst finish in 10 years, despite notching the NHL's best record at the 30-game mark this season.
NOTES: D Tyler Cuma, called up from Houston of the AHL, became the 46th player to appear in a game for the Wild this season and the 15th rookie, both the most in the NHL. The all-time record, according to the Wild with statistics from the Elias Sports Bureau, for players used in one season is 55, by the Boston Bruins in 1991-92. ... Mayers, the 14-year veteran in his first season with the Blackhawks, scored for the first time since Feb. 1.
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