Adam Boqvist and Olli Maatta scored two third-period goals for the Blackhawks, but Matt Dumba ended his 34-game goal drought 2:21 into overtime to lift the Wild to a 3-2 win Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Ryan Suter stole the puck from Erik Gustafsson in Chicago’s zone then passed it to Mats Zuccarello, who fired a shot wide then chased down the puck following a wide shot by Suter. Zuccarello beat Patrick Kane to the puck at the blue line, skate up to the slot and dropped a pass to the left face-off circle for Dumba, whose shot in close went off Corey Crawford’s left pad and the crossbar then into the net.
Kevin Fiala scored two goals for Minnesota (24-22-6). Alex Stalock made 27 saves in his NHL-high 24th start of the season.
Patrick Kane’s point streak ended at 12 games for the Blackhawks (25-21-7), who have won six of their past eight games (6-1-1) and are 12-5-1 in their past 18. He had 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) during his streak, which was the longest active one in the NHL. Crawford made 31 saves in his first loss in four games.
Chicago’s Jonathan Toews drove to the net and his right knee hit a diving Stalock in the head, but the goaltender remained in the game then made a save on the Blackhawks’ first shot on goal of the game at 12:38.
Minnesota only allowed three more shots on goal in the first period and held a 12-4 advantage and 26-10 edge on shot attempts.
Fiala made it 1-0 at 3:53 of the second when he drove around Toews and snapped a wrist shot off the crossbar past Crawford, who was screened by Luke Kunin. Fiala scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 15:15. He charged past Brandon Saad and Maatta in the neutral zone then laced a wrist shot through Crawford’s five-hole.
Saad then had two scoring opportunities at the left circle, but his cross-ice pass attempts to Kane sailed wide into the boards.
Duncan Keith recorded his 499th career assist when he sent a cross-ice pass to the right point for Boqvist, who scored his third NHL goal through traffic by Stalock’s glove to cut the deficit to 2-1 at 6:23 of the third.
Kirby Dach looked to tie it when he deked around defenseman Jonas Brodin, but his backhand shot went wide.
Maatta tied it 2-2 at 16:50 when his shot from the left hashmarks of the left circle knuckled past Stalock’s left shoulder.
- Alex Stalock (MIN) — 27 saves
- Kevin Fiala (MIN) — 2 goals (1 on power play)
- Matt Dumba (MIN) — Game-winning goal, 1 assist
The Blackhawks return to Chicago to play the Bruins on Wednesday at the United Center, the first of only three Chicago home games during February. Chicago is 9-1-0 in the second of back-to-back games.