ST. PAUL (AP) -- The penalty-prone Chicago Blackhawks gave the Minnesota Wild a chance to work on their power play.
It turned out to be quality time.
The Wild scored four times with an extra skater, including three in the first period, and defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 on Friday night to stay unbeaten through four games.
"You can't win a game sitting in the box," Chicago right wing Tony Amonte said.
Minnesota converted a league-worst 9.6 percent of its power play opportunities last season and was 1-for-11 in the first three games. But the Wild were 4-for-10 on Friday.
"We moved the puck around real well," said Minnesota assistant coach Mike Ramsey, who supervises the special teams. "Shots were going in."
As they are for Stacy Roest. He scored his fourth goal of the season after being left unprotected in the waiver draft Sept. 28.
"Guys are getting used to each other and finding the holes out there," said Roest, who had only seven goals in 76 games last season. "We're winning and the pucks are going in. I'm not going to try to figure it out."
The Wild built a 5-1 lead in the second period, then were outshot 16-5 in the third as a pair of goals by Alex Zhamnov brought the Blackhawks back.
Still, Chicago coach Brian Sutter was disgusted with his team's 10 penalties.
"You take penalties, and it costs you the hockey game, plain and simple," Sutter said. "We had the effort and everything else. But this is unacceptable. That's why the Chicago Blackhawks haven't won for five years, right there."
Andy Sutton scored twice and Filip Kuba had a goal and two assists for Minnesota, which has started the season 3-0-1.
Blackhawks goalie Jocelyn Thibault, who shut out Phoenix on 31 saves Thursday night, stopped just 10 of 14 shots and was pulled at 6:31 of the second period after Kuba's goal made it 4-1. Andrew Brunette scored a power-play goal, his second of the season, against Steve Passmore at 11:39 of the second period, to make it 5-1.
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