Oscar Dansk leads Wolves past Manitoba

On his bobblehead night, Dansk made 30 saves and the Wolves scored three second-period goals.

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Tye McGinn celebrates his second-period goal.

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Oscar Dansk made it back to the Wolves in time for his bobblehead night. Then he led them to a win.

Dansk made 30 saves, Tye McGinn scored twice, Gage Quinney, Lucas Elvenes and Valentin Zykov also scored, and the Wolves beat the Manitoba Moose 5-2. Playing without Keegan Kolesar (right knee), the Wolves recovered from a 7-3 loss Friday to Milwaukee and snapped a brief two-game losing streak.

With Marc-Andre Fleury suspended for skipping the NHL all-star game, Dansk was called up to Vegas for Friday’s game at Carolina to back up Malcolm Subban. Reassigned after that game, Dansk got to Rosemont in time for Saturday’s game and was 13:34 away from a shutout before Seth Griffith’s third-period goal.

Dansk said he made it back to Chicago around 10 a.m., and felt “surprisingly good.”

“You prepare for it,” Dansk said. “You’re not going to feel 100 percent, just being cognizant of it helps out.”

Dansk helped the Wolves stay even after a first period when they were outshot 11-6.

“I thought he played really well tonight,” Wolves coach Rocky Thompson said. “I thought he did a great job. He’s always ready. It was good. No travel issues and he was able to get some rest this afternoon and get focused. He played well. He played really well.”

The Wolves led 3-0 after a strong second period, one that was much different than Friday’s middle segment. On Friday, Milwaukee scored four times in the second. A night later, the Wolves scored three in the period. McGinn made it 1-0 2:29 into the frame, then Quinney doubled the advantage with 14:58 remaining. Elvenes completed the period’s scoring with 12:17 to go.

Dansk was encouraged by the Wolves’ 24-hour turnaround.

“It’s good,” he said. “We’re closing in on the end of the season, as we call it, the sprint to the playoffs. There’s a lot of games left but we still have to get in that mindset of being able to bounce back from a loss.”

Manitoba’s Kristian Reichel scored with 1:39 remaining in the third to cut the Wolves lead to 3-2. But McGinn hit an empty net with exactly one minute left to effectively seal the Wolves’ win. Zykov then followed with an empty-netter 16.4 seconds later.

“I thought overall we played really well,” Dansk said. “We capitalized on our chances, made some nice plays down there. They’ve got some good goalies on that team, so we made some plays that we had to make to score on them.”

NOTES: During warm-ups, Wolves alternate captain Jaycob Megna wore his usual No. 24 jersey with BRYANT on the back to honor Kobe and Gianna. Playing sports growing up, Megna wore 8 for Bryant, then switched to 24 when Bryant did.

The jersey was set to be autographed by every Wolves player and auctioned to benefit the Chicago-based charity Girls in the Game.

- Defenseman Zach Whitecloud and center Nicolas Roy were reassigned to the Wolves late Saturday night..

- Thompson said Kolesar was getting an MRI on Monday. Kolesar was seen walking but wearing a leg brace.

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