NHL
Complete – March 29, 2016 – 8:00 PM ET – Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota – Attendance: 19,190 – Duration: 2 Hours, 19 Minutes
Officials
 
Linesman #68 Scott Driscoll
Linesman #90 Andy McElman
Referee #37 Kyle Rehman
Referee #20 Tim Peel
Boxscore
 123T
MIN1034
CHI1001
Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWTeuvo Teravainen00000-2019:37
LWAndrew Ladd200000018:31
LWArtemi Panarin20000-3016:27
LWTomas Fleischmann00000-1214:12
LWAndrew Desjardins00000009:57
LWRichard Panik00000-108:50
CJonathan Toews101001017:25
CMarcus Kruger100000014:16
CAndrew Shaw10000-2512:17
CDennis Rasmussen00000-109:33
RWPatrick Kane30000-3020:17
RWMarian Hossa310011217:19
DTrevor Van Riemsdyk20000-1026:16
DNiklas Hjalmarsson00000-2024:59
DChristian Ehrhoff40000-1023:49
DMichal Rozsival00100-1022:13
DViktor Svedberg00000-1012:42
DDuncan Keith000000104:19
Skater Stats
POSplayerSHgappgshg+/-pimtoi
LWZach Parise000001019:15
LWJason Zucker000000011:24
LWThomas Vanek00000-1011:12
CMikko Koivu001001019:22
CMikael Granlund101000017:01
CErik Haula311002216:55
CCharlie Coyle100000016:10
CJarret Stoll210001011:06
CJordan Schroeder10100107:21
RWJason Pominville201002015:06
RWNino Niederreiter211001014:28
RWJustin Fontaine100001014:02
DRyan Suter000001227:36
DJared Spurgeon210002026:37
DMarco Scandella000000020:56
DJonas Brodin000000020:06
DMatt Dumba101001512:46
DMike Reilly201002012:37
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GScott Darling1731482.3558:01
GMichael Leighton00000:00
Goalie Stats
POSplayerShotsGoalsSavesSV%TOI
GDevan Dubnyk1911894.7460:00
GDarcy Kuemper00000:00
Period 1
timeteamdetailCHIMIN
2:37
Goal scored by Jarret Stoll
Assisted by: Mike Reilly and Jordan Schroeder
01
3:15
Penalty on Marian Hossa: 2 minutes for Tripping
9:27
Penalty on Duncan Keith: 10 minutes for Match penalty
11:55
Goal scored by Marian Hossa (Shorthanded)
11
Period 2
timeteamdetailCHIMIN
2:26
Penalty on Tomas Fleischmann: 2 minutes for Delay of game
6:39
Penalty on Andrew Shaw: 5 minutes for Fighting
6:39
Penalty on Matt Dumba: 5 minutes for Fighting
10:35
Penalty on Bench: 2 minutes for Too many men on ice
16:42
Penalty on Ryan Suter: 2 minutes for Interference
Period 3
timeteamdetailCHIMIN
4:07
Goal scored by Jared Spurgeon
Assisted by: Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville
12
11:03
Goal scored by Erik Haula
Assisted by: Nino Niederreiter and Matt Dumba
13
14:56
Penalty on Erik Haula: 2 minutes for High sticking
18:41
Goal scored by Nino Niederreiter (Empty Net)
Assisted by: Mikael Granlund and Erik Haula
14
Wild complete season sweep of Blackhawks

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The regular season means little once the playoffs begin. But thanks to their dominance of the regular season series with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Minnesota Wild are looking like a playoff team once again.

Paced by late goals from Jared Spurgeon and Erik Haula, the Wild beat the Blackhawks 4-1 on Tuesday night and swept their five games against Chicago this season.

Jarret Stoll and Nino Niederreiter also scored for Minnesota (38-28-11), which got 18 saves from goalie Devan Dubnyk to win its season-high sixth consecutive game. Coupled with Colorado’s 3-1 loss in St. Louis, the Wild now lead the Avalanche by five points for the final playoff spot in the West with five games to play.

“There’s nothing wrong with wanting it every shift. That’s just the bottom line. That’s the game,” said Wild interim head coach John Torchetti. “In the playoffs, you can’t have a shift off or next thing you know it’s in the other net and you might lose 1-0. We’ve got to be detailed and win a game 1-0 or 2-1 or 4-1. That’s what I mean.”

Chicago, which swept Minnesota in a four-game playoff series last May, got a goal from Marian Hossa and 14 saves from Scott Darling but couldn’t find a way to beat the Wild in the regular season. The Blackhawks (44-26-7) have clinched a trip to the playoffs but fell to a pedestrian 3-5-1 in their past nine games.

“Obviously it adds insult to injury to lose this one tonight. At the end of the day, it’s unfortunate,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. “They were always ready for those games. There were a couple that we really didn’t play well and didn’t really deserve to win. I think tonight was an improvement and obviously the score doesn’t look that way. It’s not fun to look back and have a record like that against a team in your division, especially a team like Minnesota.”

With the score knotted 1-1, Spurgeon found the net off a long lead pass from Wild captain Mikko Koivu. Haula extended his career-best point streak to nine games, tucking a backhander between Darling’s knees. Niederreiter added an empty-net goal with 1:19 to play.

“Obviously you get some confidence from it, but at the same time the playoffs are a different animal,” Spurgeon said of their sweeping Chicago. “But when you have that confidence going into the playoffs if you do happen to play in them, it’s huge for the team. We’re having fun right now, and we just have to keep it going.”

The Wild took a quick 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game when Stoll capped a two-on-one rush to the net, popping a rising shot over Darling’s right shoulder. It was just the third goal for Stoll since he joined the Wild in December.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was a late scratch because of illness and they went down another defenseman later in the first period.

Duncan Keith was knocked to the ice by a check from Charlie Coyle. Lying on his back, Keith swung his stick at Coyle, catching the Wild center across the nose and cutting Coyle. Keith was assessed a match penalty for intent to injure and Minnesota got a five-minute power play.

Minnesota outshot Chicago 2-1 during the extended power play, but the lone Blackhawks shot tied the score.

After a Wild turnover in the neutral zone, Hossa and Jonathan Toews came in on a two-on-one break, with Toews passing to Hossa and Hossa chipping a shot over Dubnyk for a short-handed goal. It was the third time this season that Hossa has scored with the Blackhawks killing a penalty.

“That was a nice goal and a great play,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Hossa’s 499th career goal. “That’s a pretty big number, especially hard to score in today’s game. I’m looking forward to the next one.”

The second period was scoreless but not without entertainment for the audience, when Chicago’s Andrew Shaw and Minnesota’s Matt Dumba discarded their gloves for an extended fight at center ice.

The Blackhawks got two second-period power plays but failed to score as Minnesota’s recent run of solid penalty killing continued.

Chicago outshot Minnesota in the second period, but the Wild had the best scoring chance when Darling thwarted a two-on-none break with a blocker save on a shot by Jason Pominville.

The teams have met in the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, with Chicago winning a first-round series in 2013 and second-round series in 2014 and 2015.

NOTES: Blackhawks C Artem Anisimov was scratched for the second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. LW Richard Panik took his place in the lineup. … Xcel Energy Center was the safest place in Minnesota for a time on Tuesday afternoon, as members of the St. Paul Police Warrior Hockey Club scrimmaged the Chicago Police Hockey Stars in a charity game. U.S. Olympic teammates from 1980 were the celebrity coaches. Former Minnesota North Stars player Neal Broten coached the St. Paul team and Dave Christian, who spent the final two seasons of his career with the Blackhawks, coached the Chicago team. … Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival and Wild D Nate Prosser were nominated for the Masterton Trophy, given annually to a player who exemplifies “perseverance, dedication and sportsmanship” by their respective chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.


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