Kane’s goal clips Wild
CHICAGO - Patrick Kane scored a go-ahead goal with 3 minutes, 28 seconds 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 minutes, 28 seconds 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 off the 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.
Minnesota 1 0 2- 3
Chicago 0 3 2- 5
First Period-1, Minnesota, Vanek 4 (Granlund) 12:49.
Second Period-2, Chicago, Seabrook 6 (Versteeg, Kane) 8:10. 3, Chicago, Hossa 6 (Toews, Saad) 12:19. 4, Chicago, Toews 12 (Smith) 16:21.
Third Period-5, Minnesota, Niederreiter 14 (unassisted) 7:13. 6, Minnesota, Scandella 6 (Folin, Koivu) 10:03. 7, Chicago, Kane 15 (Toews, Seabrook) 16:32 (pp). 8, Chicago, Smith 4 (Kane, Kruger) 19:46 (en).
Shots on Goal-Minnesota 9-8-12-29. Chicago 9-21-9-39.
Power-play opportunities-Minnesota 0 of 2. Chicago 1 of 3.
Goalies-Minnesota Backstrom 5-2-1 (38 shots-34 saves). Chicago Raanta 4-2-0 (29-26).