ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jason Pominville and Matt Cooke scored first-period goals, Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night.
The Wild, who lost to Chicago in five games in the first round of the playoffs last season, have won three of four against the Blackhawks this season. Chicago lost in regulation for only the second time since Dec. 15.
Kuemper was making his sixth consecutive start as Minnesota’s top two goalies, Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom, have been sidelined with health problems. The Wild are 5-3 with rookie in the net this season.
Patrick Kane spoiled Kuemper’s shutout bid when he scored his 24th goal of the season with 31.2 seconds left to bring the Blackhawks to within one.
But Kuemper stopped one final flurry in the last 10 seconds, and Zach Parise cleared the puck from Minnesota’s zone to run out the clock.
BLUE JACKETS 5, FLYERS 2: In Columbus, Ohio, Matt Calvert and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and assist to lead Columbus to its team-record eighth straight win – and the longest active streak in the league – in the franchise’s 1,000th game.
Jack Johnson, Derek MacKenzie and Nathan Horton also scored for the Blue Jackets.
PENGUINS 6, ISLANDERS 4: In Uniondale, N.Y., rookie defenseman Olli Maatta scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period, and Evgeni Malkin added an insurance score in the third to lead Pittsburgh.
The Islanders had a 5-on-3 power play for 50 seconds late in the third, but couldn’t score against backup Jeff Zatkoff.
BLUES 2, RANGERS 1: In New York, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period to lift St. Louis.
HURRICANES 5, SABRES 3: In Buffalo, N.Y., Alexander Semin had two goals and defenseman Andrej Sekera added a score at 9:50 of the third to lift Carolina.
LIGHTNING 4, SENATORS 3, SO: In Tampa, Fla., Nikita Kucherov scored the lone shootout goal to lift Tampa Bay. Kucherov beat Craig Anderson on the first shot during the shootout, while Lightning goalie Ben Bishop stopped all three shots he faced.
STARS 7, MAPLE LEAFS 1: In Dallas, Valeri Nichushkin scored two goals as Dallas ended Toronto’s six-game winning streak.