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NHL: Suter’s goal in 3rd ends skid for Wild

By Scott Powers Sports Xchange CHICAGO -- Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter scored the game-winning goal at 12:04 of the third period to lift the Wild to a 2-1 road victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Tuesday. Suter stuffed ...

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(Dennis Wierzbicki | USA TODAY Sports) Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, center, and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, left, fight for the puck during the first period Tuesday at the United Center in Chicago. At right is Wild defenseman Ryan Suter.

By Scott Powers

Sports Xchange

CHICAGO - Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter scored the game-winning goal at 12:04 of the third period to lift the Wild to a 2-1 road victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Tuesday.

Suter stuffed the puck into the net after Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford had made an initial save on Wild forward Mikael Granlund. The goal was the only one of the third period and broke a 1-1 tie.

The Wild (12-7-4) came into the game searching for a positive road result. They had lost six of their previous seven games and were on a three-game road losing streak. Their last road win came on Nov. 19.

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Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk had shared those struggles in his recent starts, but he came through Tuesday. He made 30 saves, including 12 in the third period, to preserve the victory. He had allowed three-plus goals in five of his previous six starts.

Forward Patrick Kane’s goal was the only one to beat Dubnyk. Kane tied the game at 1-1 for the Blackhawks (13-9-3) and extended his career-high points streak to 20 games by scoring a power-play goal at 5:21 of the second period. Kane received a pass from defenseman Duncan Keith in the right circle and shot the puck through Dubnyk’s legs.

Kane became the first player in the last five years to record a 20-game points streak, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Sidney Crosby was the last player to do so when he had a 25-game points streak during the 2010-11 season. Kane has 15 goals and 38 points on the season.

Wild forward Jason Pominville put his team ahead 1-0 at 4:09 of the first period. Pominville gathered the puck behind the Blackhawks’ net and wrapped it around into the goal just beating Crawford. Pominville has scored in the last two games after going goalless in his first 21 games of the season.

Granlund recorded the primary assist on both of Minnesota’s goals. Forward Zach Parise and defenseman Jared Spurgeon also had assists for the Wild.

Crawford stopped 34 of 36 shots for the Blackhawks. He won four of his previous five starts.

The Blackhawks were coming off a six-game road trip. They went 3-1-2 on the trip. It was their first home game since Nov. 15.

The Blackhawks were 1-for-3 on the power play, and the Wild were 0-for-4. The Wild are 0-for-7 on the power play in their last three games.

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NOTES: Blackhawks F Patrick Kane was named the NHL’s No. 1 star for November. He had eight goals and 15 assists during the month. ... F Marko Dano was back in the Blackhawks’ lineup after being a healthy scratch against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. ... Wild D Ryan Suter said after his team’s morning skate that he and Minnesota coach Mike Yeo were on the “same page” as far as Suter playing alongside fellow left-handed D Jonas Brodin. Suter had previously questioned Yeo’s decision to pair the two lefties. “It’s a story that really shouldn’t even be a story,” Suter said. ... Wild D Marco Scandella returned to the lineup after missing the previous five games with a lower-body injury.

 

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