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Blackhawks beat Wild; Heatley out for season

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Marian Hossa's unassisted goal late in the second period lifted the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth win in six games, 1-0 over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Ray Emery started for the Blackhawks for the third straight game and made 20 saves for his second shutout in that stretch and third of the season. He helped hand the Wild their fifth loss in seven games.

Hossa looked like a Bears defensive back jumping in front of a wide receiver's route when he darted in front of Clayton Stoner's seemingly harmless breakout pass toward Mikko Koivu in the Wild zone.

Hossa intercepted the bouncing pass in front of the blue line, skated up the middle and snapped a shot past goalie Niklas Backstrom's stick with 4:46 left in the period.

In other Wild news, the team said Tuesday right wing Dany Heatley will miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs following surgery on his left shoulder.

The team initially hoped to have the 32-year-old forward back in time for the playoffs, but Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced just before Minnesota hosted the Chicago Blackhawks that Heatley won't return this spring.

The surgery was done on Tuesday by Dr. Tony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic. Fletcher said Heatley is expected to be fully recovered for the start of next season.

Heatley was hurt at San Jose last Wednesday when a tussle broke out. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was fined by the NHL for slashing Heatley in the closing seconds.

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