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Wild Thrashes Blackhawks 8-2

March 26, 2004

CHICAGO (AP) _ Alexandre Daigle scored twice and the Minnesota Wild set a franchise record for goals, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 8-2 on Thursday night.

Andrei Zyuzin, Wes Walz, Matt Johnson, Anti Laaksonen, Rickard Wallin and Marian Gaborik also scored for Minnesota. Pascal DuPuis had four assists, and Filip Kuba and Gaborik assisted on two goals.

The Wild broke the team record of seven goals set in a 7-4 home victory over Chicago on Jan. 7.

Mark Bell scored and assisted on Brett McLean’s goal for Chicago, which outshot Minnesota 35-25.

Blackhawks rookie goalie Adam Munro played the entire game. Starting goalie Jocelyn Thibault dressed for the first time since Nov. 7, but did not relieve Munro.

Minnesota scored three goals in a 1:41 span of the first period. Zyuzin opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 7:27, Walz scored 20 seconds later, and Johnson tipped Kuba’s slap shot past Munro at 9:08.

Notes: Minnesota scored four goals on its first eight shots. ... Daigle, who signed as a free agent on Sept. 30, leads the Wild with 16 goals. Daigle also has points in six of the past nine games. ... Zyuzin set a career high with his seventh goal. ... The Wild won the second game of back-to-back games for the first time this season (1-7-7-0). ... The Wild set a season high with three power-play goals.

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