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Wild win eighth in a row vs. Blackhawks

Jason Pominville's third-period goal caps rally from two-goal deficit

by Brian Hedger / NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO - The Minnesota Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at United Center on Sunday for their fourth straight win.

Jason Pominville scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the Wild (28-9-5), who have defeated the Blackhawks (27-14-5) in eight consecutive regular-season games since 2014-15.

With 61 points, Minnesota moved two ahead of Chicago for first place in the Western Conference. The Wild have four games in hand.

"To beat this team eight times in a row is really something," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, who lost to the Blackhawks in the 2015 Western Conference Final while coaching the Anaheim Ducks. "I don't understand how you can do it. I wish I'd had that knowledge a couple years ago, but it's a new year and it's just one in a row right now."

 

WATCH: All Wild vs. Blackhawks highlights

 

Patrick Kane scored two goals to give the Blackhawks a 2-0 lead early in the second period, but Minnesota tied the game 2-2 before the period ended on goals by Nino Niederreiter and Chris Stewart.

Pominville made it 3-2 at 5:08 of the third when he picked a rebound off the end boards and shot it past goaltender Corey Crawford.

"It's nice to get one and help the team out in a good situation," said Pominville, who hadn't scored since Nov. 29. "I've obviously felt a little snake-bitten lately. I knew it was going to come. I was getting too many looks to not put one in. It came at a pretty good time."

Dubnyk stopped all five Chicago shots on goal in the third, and Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook hit the left post with 36 seconds left. Crawford made 29 saves. Chicago also lost 6-0 at the Washington Capitals on Friday and has lost its past two games after winning four straight.

"As a group, I think there's things we can learn from this game, or the game in Washington," Kane said. "But [they're] two good hockey teams. Both of them are playing really well at this time of year. [It's a] good way to kind of judge yourself, where we're at. Might be a little bit of a wakeup call to see how good we really are."

Video: MIN@CHI: Kane finds net off faceoff for second goal

Minnesota tied a franchise record with points in 12 consecutive road games (10-0-2) and is 17-1-1 in its past 19 games overall. The Wild won 5-4 at the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Chicago dominated the first period and took a 1-0 lead at 4:33 when Kane beat Dubnyk to cap a 2-on-1 with Artem Anisimov.

Kane scored his second at 4:16 of the second period to make it 2-0. It was his 14th goal and first multiple-goal game of the season. Niederreiter responded by making it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 6:23, and Stewart tied it at 11:00 with a shot from the left circle that beat Crawford high to the short side.

 

Goal of the game

Pominville went to the net at the right time to score the game-winner. Defenseman Marco Scandella's shot from the left point caromed off the boards and bounced right to him near the right post.

Video: MIN@CHI: Pominville buries rebound off end boards

 

Save of the game

Crawford just got his left pad out in time to prevent a goal by Mikael Granlund off a breakaway at 3:49 of the second period. Kane made it 2-0 just 27 seconds later.

Video: MIN@CHI: Crawford denies Granlund on a breakaway

 

Highlight of the game

Dubnyk preserved the Wild's 3-2 lead with 9:47 left in the third with a left pad save on Kane's one-timer from the slot.

"I was feeling good," Dubnyk said. "I've said it time and again with this group. They make it easy to settle and stay in it, because I know that it doesn't matter what the score is. I've got to keep making saves because we're never going to quit."

 

Unsung performance of the game

Anisimov played a role in each of Kane's goals. He fed Kane a cross-ice pass on the first and tied up Charlie Coyle on a faceoff to set up the second.

Video: MIN@CHI: Kane buries a wrister to finish rush

 

They said it

"It's better to be the hunted than the hunter. That means you're in good position, but I've got to believe the [Blackhawks] are the ones that are still being the hunted. They're the ones with the pedigree and the ones that have been in that spot all year." - Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

"We've got to find a way to stop the run. Tonight we had the greatest opportunity you're going to have right now, and now we've got to wait again. We've only got them three more [times], but we're certainly aware they've put us in a tough spot." - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on losing eight straight regular-season games to the Wild

 

Need to know

Chicago went 0-4-1 against Minnesota last season and was outscored 20-9. … The Blackhawks dressed seven defensemen and scratched veteran forwards Jordin Tootoo and Andrew Desjardins.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, MSG+, NHL.TV)

Blackhawks: At the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CSN-CH, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Pominville nets game-winner as Wild top Blackhawks

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