ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota Wild forward Maxim Sushinsky doesn't speak much English. So when he calls for the puck, his teammates are all ears.
With the Wild holding a one-goal lead Friday, Sushinsky called for a pass and tucked the puck behind Chicago goalie Jocelyn Thibault to clinch Minnesota's 2-0 win over the Blackhawks.
"He doesn't know much English, but when he's open for a goal, it really comes to him," said Stacy Roest, who had two assists.
Roest took the puck away from a Chicago defenseman and started a 2-on-1 break. He heard Sushinsky calling for the puck and fired a pass to the rookie forward from St. Petersburg, Russia, who was patient in scoring his team-leading seventh goal of the season.
It was the first home win for the Wild in nearly a month, and just their third of the season.
Chicago, nearing the end of an eight-game road trip, managed 27 shots on goal, but each one was turned aside by Minnesota goalie Manny Fernandez. It was the second career shutout for Fernandez, his first in a Wild uniform.
It was the fourth time the Blackhawks have been blanked this season, and the second shutout of the year for the expansion Wild.
Chicago was as frustrated by its struggles on the power play as it was by Fernandez. The Blackhawks were 0-for-2 in man-advantage situations, and Chicago has failed to score on 25 consecutive power plays.
"I don't know why we're struggling," said Blackhawks coach Alpo Suhonen, whose team last scored a power-play goal in a Nov. 8 home win over San Jose. "We've tried different combinations in the last couple of games, but we still get the same result."
By contrast, Minnesota used a power play to get the eventual game-winner.
Peter Bartos took a pass and cut from the corner to the front of the net. With a Chicago defender on his back and Thibault diving to try to poke the puck away, Bartos managed to slide it between the goalie's pads.
Notes: Wild forward Darby Hendrickson was scratched from the lineup after sustaining a concussion late in Minnesota's tie with Calgary on Nov. 22. It was the first game Hendrickson missed since the season opener on Oct. 6. ... Amonte extended his NHL-best consecutive games streak to 269. ... The Wild snapped a five-game home winless streak.
Chicago 0 0 0 -- 0
Minnesota 0 1 1 -- 2
First Period--No scoring. Penalties--Dean, Chi (tripping), 9:28; King, Chi (high-sticking), 13:39.
Second Period--1, Minnesota, Bartos 3 (Roest, Leschyshyn), 12:17 (pp). Penalty--Bartos, Min (tripping), 5:57; Amonte, Chi (roughing), 10:22; Benysek, Min (tripping), 13:58.
Third Period--2, Minnesota, Sushinsky 7 (Roest), 13:03. Penalty--McAlpine, Chi (hooking), 17:46.
Shots on goal--Chicago 5-11-11--27. Minnesota 4-7-7--18.
Power-play Opportunities--Chicago 0 of 2; Minnesota 1 of 4.
Goalies--Chicago, Thibault 6-9-2 (18 shots-16 saves). Minnesota, Fernandez 5-5-1 (27-27).
Referees--Brad Meier, Scott Zelkin. Linesmen--Andy McElman, Troy Sartison.
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