Wild fall to Blackhawks
CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane scored a go-ahead goal with 3:28 remaining in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO - Patrick Kane scored a go-ahead goal with 3:28 remaining in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
Kane banked a shot offe skate of Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin to lift the Blackhawks (22-9-1), who won for the 13th time in the past 15 games. Right winger Ben Smith added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
The Wild (16-12-1) sustained their first regulation loss in eight games this season against Central Division opponents.
Blackhawks goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 26 of 29 shots to improve to 5-2-0.
Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom turned aside 34 of 38 shots in the loss.
The Wild erased a 3-1 deficit with back-to-back goals in the third period to tie the score. Right winger Nino Niederreiter scored on his first career penalty shot with 12:47 remaining in the third period to cut Chicago’s lead to 3-2. Defenseman Marco Scandella followed Niederreiter’s goal with a blast from the top of the right circle that evened the score at 3-3 with 9:57 remaining in the third period.
Minnesota opened the scoring on a slap shot by left winger Thomas Vanek with 7:11 remaining in the first period. Wild center Mikael Granlund carried the puck behind the Blackhawks’ net and slipped a pass through traffic to Vanek, who blasted a one-timer from the slot for his fourth goal of the season.
Chicago evened the score at 1-1 on a slap shot by defenseman Brent Seabrook with 11:50 remaining in the second period. Seabrook settled a pass from right winger Kris Versteeg and ripped a rising shot past Backstrom’s stick side to snap a 12-game goal scoring drought.
The Blackhawks grabbed a 2-1 lead on a goal by right winger Marian Hossa with 7:41 remaining in the second period. Hossa stood near the right side of the crease and steered a shot through traffic for his sixth goal of the season.
A hard-fought goal by Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews increased Chicago’s lead to 3-1 with 3:39 remaining in the second. Toews pushed in a loose puck on a third attempt after Backstrom stopped back-to-back shots by right winger Ben Smith.
NOTES: Blackhawks D Duncan Keith missed his first game of the season because of an undisclosed illness. Coach Joel Quenneville said he was not sure whether Keith had mumps, which has affected players from several teams. ... Wild D Jared Spurgeon missed his second consecutive game because of an undisclosed illness. ... Blackhawks G Corey Crawford missed his eighth consecutive game because of a lower-body injury, but Quenneville said Crawford could return this weekend. ... Wild D Marco Scandella returned after serving a two-game suspension for an illegal hit against New York Islanders C Brock Nelson. ... Minnesota LW Brett Sutter made his team debut after he was promoted Monday from the AHL’s Iowa Wild. Sutter’s father is Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter.