Monday, January 16, 2017

Wild Make it 8 Straight over Blackhawks, Take Central Lead

Jason Pominville scored for the first time in 20 games to give the Wild a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday at the United Center. The Wild, who have notched points in 23 of 25 games (also in 12 straight road games), have now won eight straight regular-season games against their division rivals.

"To beat this team eight times in a row is really something," said Boudreau. "I don't understand how you can do it--I wish I would have had that knowledge a couple of years ago."

Patrick Kane scored in the first and again in the second period to give Chicago a 2-0 lead before the Wild started to rally. Kane now has 14 goals on the season.

Nino Niederreiter and Chris Stewart scored less than five minutes apart later in the second period to level things after two.

"They just refuse to lose at this stage," said Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. "I hope we can continue to have that feeling for the rest of the season."

The Wild improve to 28-9-5 with the win. They lead Chicago (27-14-5) by two points and have four games in hand.