CHICAGO (AP) -- Andrew Brunette scored twice in the third period and backup goalie Dwayne Roloson stopped 24 shots for his first win this season as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Thursday night.
The Wild improved to 5-1-1, their best record after seven games in the team's three-year history.
Brunette's power-play goal at 6:08 of the third snapped a 1-1 tie. His even-strength goal at 10:07 made it 3-1.
Pascal Dupuis also scored for Minnesota and Cliff Ronning added two assists.
Sergei Berezin and Jason Strudwick scored for Chicago, which received 20 saves from Jocelyn Thibault.
Chicago's Steve Sullivan had the best chance in the scoreless first period -- a breakaway with 6 minutes left -- but his shot hit the post.
Dupuis gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead with 6:21 left in the second with a goal that withstood a video review.
Thibault stopped Cliff Ronning's high shot from the point but the rebound popped into the slot and deflected in off Dupuis, who was driving to the net.
Berezin was credited with a 5-on-3 power-play goal that made it 1-1 at 3:26 of the third.
With Roloson down, Berezin's original shot from just outside the crease was blocked by Minnesota's Wes Walz. Walz, however, kicked the rebound into the net while trying to control it.
Brunette's power-play goal at 6:08 made it 2-1. Standing at the edge of the crease, he one-timed Ronning's cross-ice feed.
Brunette made it 3-1 at 10:07 following a turnover by Chicago's Garry Valk at the Blackhawks blue line. After a quick feed from Jim Dowd, Brunette broke in alone on Thibault.
Strudwick, playing just his second game with Chicago, cut it to 3-2 with 6:41 left when he drove to the net and knocked in Alex Zhamnov's feed.
Notes: Chicago D Boris Mironov was a healthy scratch for the first time since Brian Sutter took over as Blackhawks coach last season. "Him not playing means he has to take it up a notch, plain and simple," Sutter said. ... Mironov's spot was taken by Jason Strudwick. ... After having four days off, the Blackhawks began a stretch of 11 games in 19 nights. ... Minnesota RW Bill Muckalt, who leads the Wild with five goals and eight points, will miss 2-to-3 weeks because of a dislocated left shoulder. He was injured Tuesday against Calgary.
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