Stephane Veilleux's two goals lead Wild to OT win over Blackhawks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - Stephane Veilleux scored his second goal of the game with 23.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 preseason victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

Veilleux tied the game with a power-play goal 3:30 into the third period. His high wrist shot beat goaltender Corey Crawford in overtime for the game-winner.

"I always have in mind to come to the rink and be hard to play against," Veilleux said. "I play defense to always be there and be sharp defensively. When games are even, sometimes the two first lines are always expected to score. So, a guy like me that can step up and chip in a couple of goals that sometimes makes a difference down the road for the team."

Colton Gillies, Minnesota's first-round draft pick in 2007 who is trying to earn a roster spot, also scored for the Wild (3-1-0). Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves for his third victory in the preseason.

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and Brent Seabrook added a power-play goal for Chicago (3-2-0), which was playing its third game in as many days. Kane has six points in four preseason games.

Crawford finished with 19 saves.

"Even though the results were not what we wanted, this was our best performance preseason," Blackhawks coach Denis Savard said. "We worked hard. We deserved better, period."

Marc-Andre Bergeron, one of the Wild's new acquisitions on defense, left the game late in the second period after a fight with Chicago's Kyle Beach. Bergeron left the ice with blood on his face and didn't return.

Minnesota's Marian Gaborik made his first appearance of the preseason after sitting out three games with a quadriceps injury. Martin Havlat of the Blackhawks returned to the lineup for the first time since having shoulder surgery.

Gaborik logged over 24 minutes of ice time and skated with Mikko Koivu and Andrew Brunette on the top line. The trio generated several scoring opportunities for a team attempting to replace three of its top five goal scorers from last season.

"We had some good moments, maybe we just tried to get into too much of combinations instead of maybe shoot and try to finish right away," Gaborik said. "We just have to get in the groove, get timing and just get used to each other. It was good we played the whole game together, which we really need. It doesn't happen that often."



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