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Dumba OT goal lifts Wild to victory against Blackhawks

Fiala scores twice for Minnesota; Kane point streak ends at 12 for Chicago

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Dumba's overtime winner

CHI@MIN: Dumba weaves by defense to score OT winner

Matt Dumba weaves his way to the net and roofs a shot by Corey Crawford for the game-winning goal in overtime

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Matt Dumba scored 2:21 into overtime to give the Minnesota Wild in a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

It was Dumba's first goal in 34 games since Nov. 12, when he scored against the Los Angeles Kings.

"Obviously, it was good scoring in OT but it'd kind of been a long time coming," the defenseman said. "This feels good. I was trying not to think about it but now getting it, yeah, it felt awesome."

 

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Kevin Fiala scored two goals, and Alex Stalock, in his career-high 24th start, made 27 saves for Minnesota (23-22-6). The Wild are six points behind the Calgary Flames for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.

Olli Maatta and Adam Boqvist scored, and Corey Crawford made 31 saves for Chicago (25-21-7), which is three points behind the Flames for the second wild card from the Western Conference. Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks had his point streak ended at 12 games. He had 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) during the run.

"I think it's been awhile since we played that poorly," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "[Minnesota] had an urgency and desperation to their game that we didn't match in the beginning. I thought [Crawford] stood on his head, gave us a chance."

Fiala made it 1-0 at 3:53 of the second period with a shot from the high slot.

Video: CHI@MIN: Fiala whips wrist shot to the twine

Fiala scored his second of the game on the power play at 15:08 with a wrist shot that went five-hole on Crawford.

"There's nights you look at [Fiala] and he's so dynamic," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's bringing people out of their seats quite frankly. If he can continue to do that it'd be pretty special."

Boqvist made it 2-1 with a wrist shot through traffic at 6:23 of the third period.

Video: CHI@MIN: Boqvist sends the puck home with wrist shot

Maatta tied the game 2-2 with a long-range shot from the left side at 16:50.

"I feel good that we got the point," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "Sometimes, it's not going to be pretty. We did a good job finding a way to get one."

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Dumba ends it for the Wild

 

They said it

"If we're great tomorrow, then it's a great point. But if we follow it up with another flat performance, then it's just us not playing well enough in an important time of year." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton on rebounding against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday

"I don't know what was better, the goal or the celly. But a lot of energy that was built up for a while. It's just huge to see him get it. Even better that it was a game-winner. I mean, he's been so close, he's been shooting a lot more. Just snakebit. He's one guy who's snakebit. It's one thing if you see his work ethic failing, but it's not. He works hard every day. He's a great player. Just a matter of time before he scored." -- Wild forward Marcus Foligno on Matt Dumba's game-winner

 

Need to know

Chicago forward David Kampf was 8-for-12 on face-offs and is second in the NHL with 60.7 winning percentage since Dec. 12. … With an assist, Wild forward Mats Zuccarello has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games. … Wild forward Jason Zucker had an assist for five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.

 

What's Next

Blackhawks: Host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS)

Wild: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-MW, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Video: Dumba collects OT winner to lift Wild to 3-2 win

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