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NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Minnesota



(Monday, October 28th)

Final Score: Chicago 5, Minnesota 1

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday in the finale of a home-and-home series at Xcel Energy Center.

Nick Leddy, Patrick Sharp and Sheldon Brookbank added a goal apiece for the Blackhawks, who had dropped their last two games.

"I liked the results of everybody tonight," Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a very business-like approach to the game, played with a purpose and got some contributions across the board."

Corey Crawford turned away 29 shots in the triumph.

Jason Pominville potted the lone Minnesota marker, while Niklas Backstrom allowed all five goals on 28 shots for the Wild, had won three straight after taking a 5-3 decision in Chicago on Saturday.

"It was clear to me our execution wasn't as good as it needs to be against that team," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said. "You need to make plays."

Pominville's seventh of the season tied the game at 1-1 with 8:33 left in the second, but the Blackhawks responded with four unanswered goals to seize control of the contest.

Brookbank started the outburst under two minutes after Pominville's goal, as he one-timed a shot from the top of the right circle that sailed past a sprawling Backstrom to make it 2-1 at the 13:21 mark.

With Chicago skating on the power play under 3 1/2 minutes later, Leddy rifled a shot from above the left circle the beat Backstrom high to the glove-side for a 3-1 lead at 16:43.

Saad had a hand in both of Chicago's third-period goals, with his no-look, backhand feed from the left circle setting up Kane's tap-in from the low right side that extended the lead to 4-1 less than three minutes into the third.

Just under six minutes later, Saad slipped a backhand through the five-hole of Backstrom for a comfortable four-goal cushion with 11:17 remaining.

Early on, Sharp scored his second of the season with 2:27 left in the opening period to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Game Notes

Chicago hasn't lost three straight games in the regular season since Feb. 23-26, 2012 ... Pominville has three goals in his last two games ... Chicago went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Minnesota failed on its three chances on the man advantage ... Chicago's Brandon Pirri finished with two assists.

10/28 23:20:21 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
4th
MIA 86
CHA 77
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
6th
PIT 2
CIN 4
 
7th
CLE 3
KAN 3
 
7th
WAS 1
ANA 3
 
6th
TOR 7
BAL 9
 
7th
DET 4
CWS 2
 
5th
TAM 2
MIN 4
 
5th
BOS 4
NYY 0
 
7th
NYM 3
STL 1
 
4th
MIL 4
SDP 1
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
4th
MIA 86
CHA 77
 
2nd
SAN 39
DAL 51
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
3rd
CLB 2
PIT 3
 
2nd
DAL 1
ANA 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1