Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wild Beat Blackhawks, 3-2 In A Shootout

The Minnesota Wild came into the United Center and beat the Chicago Blackhawks for the 4th straight time this year, by winning in a shootout, 3-2.

 Both goalies showed up to play in the first period as Devan Dubnyk and Scott Darling made some tough saves for their teams.  The Blackhawks held a shot advantage, 13-7, but could not find a way to put a puck past Dubnyk, in a scoreless period.

The Wild drew first blood as Erik Haula was left alone in the middle of the slot, and wristed a shot by Darling to give the Wild a 1-0 lead, just :50 into the 2nd period.  Near the half way point of the period, the Wild scored again as they had 3 players near the crease, where Nino Niederreiter picked up on a rebound and pushed it past Darling for a 2-0 lead.  Andrew Shaw would change that 1:34 later, as he toe-dragged and through a wrist shot that squirted through the arms of Dubnyk and trickled into the back of the net to cut the lead to 2-1.  Five minutes later, the Blackhawks would strike again and tie the game at 2, when Richard Panik completed a wrap-around goal to complete the scoring in the period.

In the 3rd, the Wild at one point outshot the Hawks, 12-1, but Darling was strong in net.  The period would end with SOG in favor of the Wild, 16-7.  The Hawks would get some quality chances as well, but Dubnyk was big in net for the Wild, and the period ended scoreless.  They would go to overtime.

In OT, Artem Anisimov would get a goalie interference penalty, but the Hawks would kill the penalty.  Neither team would score in OT and it would be off to a shootout to decide the game.

Charlie Coyle would be the only player to score a shootout goal, and Dubnyk would make it stand to give the Wild the 3-2 victory.

 Notable Mentions: Andrew Shaw was probably the best forward on the ice tonight for the Hawks.  The puck followed him around everywhere and he had a physical game to him tonight.  Teuvo Teravainen did not fair well at the faceoff dot, losing 12 of 15 draws he took.

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - MIN - Eric Haula - 1G, 4 shots, 82% FO%
2nd - MIN - Devan Dubnyk - 29 Saves, .935 SV%
3rd - CHI - Andrew Shaw - 1G, 5 shots, 3 hits

Next game: Tuesday, February 22nd, Home vs. Dallas Stars, 7:30pm CT

Previous games between Chicago and Dallas this year:
Chicago Blackhawks - 2 at Dallas Stars - 5, 03/11/16
Dallas Stars - 4 at Chicago Blackhawks - 2, 02/11/16  Chicago Blackhawks - 5 at Dallas Stars - 1, 02/06/16
Chicago Blackhawks - 0 at Dallas Stars - 4, 12/22/15
Dallas Stars - 0 at Chicago Blackhawks - 4, 12/03/15

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