It was not a good night for the Blackhawks. They struggled on special teams all night and had an early power play but failed to score. However, five seconds after going on the power play, Zach Parise took a Ryan Suter pass and scored on a bang bang play at 12:39 of the period. The Blackhawks would enter the locker room down 1-0.
The second period would not get off to a good start either as Kyle Brodziak would score 1:03 into the period. But the Blackhawks would get on the board as Nick Leddy made a beautiful pass to Bryan Bickell who scored a goal for the fourth straight game at 13:46. The one goal lead wouldn’t last long for Minnesota as they stretched the lead out when Jason Pominville fired a shot from the slot that seemed to confuse Corey Crawford and went into the net at 17:42. The Blackhawks would take two penalties that would carry over which would leave the Blackhawks down two men heading into the final period.
After killing off both penalties, the Blackhawks appeared to have some momentum. But the Wild would slowly take control of the game and fourteen seconds after killing a penalty, Pominville would score on a two on one that Crawford had no chance on at 9:18. The Blackhawks would score on the power play when Patrick Kane took a pass from Toews and beat Niklas Backstrom through the five hole at 12:51. But Minnesota salted the game away when Justin Fontaine scored his third goal of the season at 15:39. Marcus Kruger would cap off the scoring with a rebound goal at 19:30.
What it means
The Minnesota Wild get some revenge after being bounced in the first round last year by the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks saw their seven game point streak snapped and lost their first game in regulation at home this year. They are now tied with Minnesota for second in the Central division.
3 stars of the game
3. Niklas Backstrom- Backstrom missed the playoff series last year when he injured his back in warm-ups. But he made up for it tonight as he stonewalled Patrick Sharp seven times and was impressive. Backstrom made 33 saves on 36 shots and faced double digit shots in each period.
2. Ryan Suter- The workhorse defenseman had a huge night for Minnesota. Suter recorded two assists and was a plus one with a blocked shot. It was a long night for Suter who was on the ice for 26:58 and four plus minutes each on the power play and shorthanded. Suter now has seven assists in twelve games.
1. Jason Pominville- What a night for Pominville who had two goals on a team high six shots on goal. Also, Pominville was a plus two and blocked one shot. On the year, Pominville has six goals in twelve games.