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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

Dumba snaps goal-scoring drought in overtime as Minnesota downs Chicago Tuesday in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Tuesday night:

1. Matt Dumba ended a loooooooong goal-scoring drought at the perfect time. 

How long had it been since Dumba lit the lamp? Almost three full months ... Nov. 12 to be exact, a span of 34 (!) games. 

The game-winning goal in the extra session was Dumba's fifth career overtime goal, tying Mikko Koivu and Brent Burns for the franchise record. 

Video: CHI@MIN: Dumba scores in OT

2. Kevin Fiala led the way offensively.

The Wild winger, who hadn't scored in nearly a month, broke the hex 3:53 into the second period, breaking a scoreless tie. It was a big goal for Minnesota, which had outshot Chicago 12-4 in the first period, but was unable to breakthrough on the scoreboard.

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

Later in the second, Fiala struck again, this time on the power play, providing the Wild with some much needed breathing room headed to the final 20 minutes of regulation.

The goals were Fiala's first since Jan. 5 (a span of nine games) and were his 10th and 11th of the season.

Video: CHI@MIN: Fiala rips shot through Crawford's five-hole

3. Minnesota recovered nicely from its sub-par effort on Saturday.

With a crucial week of games against Western Conference foes kicking off on Tuesday, the two points in the standings were much needed. After a 6-1 loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins in its first game back from the All-Star break and bye week, the Wild looked like a different team from the opening puck drop. 

Despite surrendering a point to Chicago in the standings, the Wild started its week with a big victory and moved to within three of the Blackhawks in the standings. 

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