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USA TODAY Sports Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa checks Minnesota forward Zach Parise during the first period Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Wild edge first-place Blackhawks

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Wild got just enough offense via first period goals by right winger Jason Pominville and left winger Matt Cooke to outlast the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday.


Minnesota goaltender Darcy Kuemper, making his fifth consecutive start, stopped 33 shots as the Wild improved to 8-3-0 in their last 11 games.

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