By MATT CARLSON, Related Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Stewart and the damage-depleted Minnesota Wild received the breaks they wanted for his or her first victory of the season.
Stewart broke a tie halfway by means of the third interval with the primary of his two objectives and the Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday night time.
Jason Zucker had a aim and an help, and Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves to assist the Wild (1-1-1) hand Chicago (three-1-1) its first regulation loss.
Stewart tapped Zucker’s feed previous Corey Crawford from the doorstep with 9:28 left within the third to provide Minnesota a 2-1 lead on a disputed play.
Stewart and Zucker broke in 2-on-1 towards Duncan Keith after fellow defenseman Brent Seabrook fell down. The aim withstood a video evaluate after the Blackhawks challenged Zucker was offside.
The NHL dominated that Seabrook by accident kicked the puck away from Zucker whereas tumbling, inflicting it “to enter the attacking zone” a cut up second after the Minnesota ahead crossed the blue line.
“I knew that he kicked it,” Zucker stated. “I don’t assume I ever touched the puck till it was within the zone. It’s robust to know whether or not that’s thought-about possession or not. Glad it went our means.”
Zucker added an influence-play objective with 7:31 to go on the delay-of-recreation penalty that resulted from the failed Chicago problem. He banged the puck in from behind the web off Crawford’s skate.
“Then come again with that energy play and make them pay,” stated Stewart, who has 4 objectives in three video games.
Minnesota misplaced Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter and Marcus Foligno to undisclosed accidents and completed with eight forwards. Coach Bruce Boudreau thought not one of the three would play within the Wild’s house opener Saturday night time.
Minnesota already was skating with out Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund.
“Dropping Charlie and Nino and never having Zach and Mikael, it’s robust,” Zucker stated. “A gutsy win for us. It was digging down deep and ensuring we obtained the 2 factors.”
Stewart scored into an empty internet with four:04 remaining to make it four-1. Mikko Koivu added one other empty-netter with 2:01 left.
Minnesota’s Eric Staal opened the scoring with 34.5 seconds left within the second. Chicago’s Ryan Hartman related halfway by way of the third interval to tie it at 1.
Jonathan Toews’ aim within the last minute accomplished the scoring.
Crawford stopped 29 photographs. Chicago entered having outscored its opponents 21-7 in 4 video games.
Seabrook took the blame for the go-forward objective regardless of…