Friday, October 30, 2015

5 Different Scorers, Too Much in 5-4 loss to Wild

The Minnesota Wild have been waiting for the Chicago Blackhawks all summer.  After being eliminated by the Hawks for the 3rd straight season in the playoffs, the Wild were hungry for the Hawks who were limping into Minnesota after losing in Winnipeg the previous night.

The Wild jumped on Blackhawks goalie, Scott Darling early, as Jason Zucker whipped a wrister passed him just 18 seconds into the game.  Shortly afterwards, the Hawks found themselves down a man as Viktor Svedberg was called for interference.  Jonathan Toews took things into his own hands, shocker, as he whipped a short-handed shot past Wild goalie, Devan Dubnyk to tie the game at 1.  Six and a half minutes later, on a Blackhawk power play, Brent Seabrook blasted a shot from the point, which was deflected by a Wild player, and into the net, giving the Hawks a 2-1 lead.  Ryan Carter then tied the game, after a Patrick Kane turnover lead to an odd man break as Carter beat Darling high stick side.  Just as the period started with a Wild goal, the period ended with a Wild goal with just 11 seconds left as Charlie Coyle deflected a shot from the point and into the back of the net mercifully ending the period with the Hawks down, 3-2.

The Wild picked up in the second period where they left off.  Three minutes into the period, Jared Spurgeon got by Trevor Van Riemsdyk and snapped a shot off the shoulder of Darling to extend the Wild lead, 4-2.  Midway through the period, Toews started an odd man break, and scored his second of the game on a wrist shot from the top of the far slot, bringing the Hawks within a goal at 4-3.  Just under 3 minutes later, defenseman, Erik Gustafsson, making his NHL debut for the Blackhawks, fed Artem Anisimov a 120 foot pass, and Anisimov back-handed a shot trough Dubnyk to tie the game at 4.  The period would end that way.

In the third, the Hawks were without the services of Marian Hossa, as he did not return after having a reported, lower body injury.  The Wild, once again, jumped on the Hawks early, as Nino Niederreiter jumped on a loose rebound and buried the puck behind Darling and put the Wild back in the lead just 32 seconds into the period.  As the period went on, the Hawks had golden opportunities from Ryan Garbutt and Anisimov, but both missed the net.

Notable mentions: Brent Seabrook extended his scoring streak to five games with his power play goal in the first period.  The Blackhawks went nearly 13 periods without scoring an even strength goal before Toews' 2nd period goal.  Garbutt had been moved to the top line with Toews and Hossa and was making his presence known.  Then Hossa got hurt.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - MIN - Mikko Koivu (3A)
2nd - CHI - Jonathan Toews (2G)
3rd - MIN - Jason Zucker (1G 1A)

Next Game: Monday, November 1st, Home, versus the Los Angeles Kings, 7:30 P.M. CT


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