The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center. Chicago is now 23-7-2 when scoring first this season. The Blackhawks share fifth in the NHL with 15 road victories. Ryan Hartman, Nick Schmaltz, Richard Panik and Jonathan Toews each scored for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 35 saves and improved to 21-12-3 this season.
Chicago holds an 18-12-0-0 all-time record against Winnipeg, including an 11-4- 0-0 mark at MTS Centre. The Jets are 4-0-0 against the Blackhawks this season, notching victories on Nov. 15 (4-0), Dec. 4 (2-1), Dec. 27 (3-1) and Jan. 26 (5-3). Tonight's matchup concludes the five-game regular-season series between the clubs. Patrick Kane leads the team with three points (3A) against Winnipeg this year.
Toews netted the game-winning goal and had two assists against the Wild, passing Jeremy Roenick for ninth in Blackhawks history with 597 career points (262G, 335A). Toews scored his ninth career overtime goal and his first of the season. Per Elias, he passed Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp for the most regular-season overtime goals by a Blackhawks player since the NHL instituted the 5-minute tiebreaker in the 1983-84 campaign. He has notched 12 points (5G, 7A) over his last eight games.
The Blackhawks hold a 6-2-0 record when rookies score two or more of the team's goals. As a group, Chicago rookies have contributed 65 total points this season, which ranks second in the NHL behind Toronto (205). Hartman extended his career-long point streak with goals in three consecutive games. He ranks second in goals (13) and is tied for fourth in points (22) among Western Conference rookies. Schmaltz netted a goal vs. the Wild. Three of his four goals this year have been scored since Jan. 15. Vinnie Hinostroza collected an assist on Hartman's goal. Four of his eight helpers this season have come on the road.
Duncan Keith picked up two assists vs. the Wild. His 34 helpers this season rank fourth among NHL defensemen and share seventh overall ... Panik registered a goal and an assist. It was his fifth multi-point outing of the season ... Niklas Hjalmarsson collected his eighth assist of the season and led the team with five blocked shots. He ranks second in the league with 137 blocks this season ... Artem Anisimov won six of eight (75 percent) faceoffs.
3 OPPONENTS TO WATCH
RW Blake Wheeler: The Jets captain leads the club in assists and ranks third in points. He is one goal away from passing Andrew Ladd for fourth in Jets history with 139 career goals. He has picked up six points (1G, 5A) over his last five contests. Wheeler has posted point streaks of six games (Dec. 15-29) and five games (Jan. 7-14) this season.
C Mark Scheifele: Scheifele paces Winnipeg in points and goals and shares second in assists. He ranks fifth in the NHL in goals this season. He has recorded 23 points (12G, 11A) in 18 games against the Central Division. He is five goals away from surpassing his career best of 29, set last season..
D Jacob Trouba: The ninth-overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Trouba has recorded five points (1G, 4A) over his last five home games. He has already matched the 21 points he registered last season in 81 games. He has a career-high 0.54 points per game this season. He collected two assists on Dec. 27 vs. the Blackhawks.