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Chicago 3, Minnesota 1
When: 6:00 PM ET, Sunday, November 18, 2018
Where: United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Referees: Trevor Hanson, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen: Tim Nowak, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 21373

The host Chicago Blackhawks got first-period goals from Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad, then used an empty-netter in the final minute to thwart a late challenge by the Minnesota Wild for a 3-1 victory on Sunday night.

Corey Crawford made 39 saves, helping Chicago win for just the second time in its last 11 games.

The defeat was Minnesota's second in two days. The Wild were coming off a 3-2 home loss to Buffalo on Saturday.

Toews opened the scoring by beating Wild goalie Alex Stalock on the power play, notching his 10th goal of the year. Patrick Kane and Henri Jokiharju provided the assists on the score at 8:26.

Saad made it 2-0 nine minutes later, scoring his sixth of the season at 17:29, off assists from Alexandre Fortin and Gustav Forsling.

The Blackhawks, whose only previous win since Oct. 25 was a 1-0 victory on Wednesday over the St. Louis Blues, didn't score again until the final minute, but Crawford made sure it didn't matter.

Minnesota's only goal also came on a power play, with Zach Parise netting his ninth of the season at the 7:56 mark of the second period. Matt Dumba and Mikko Koivu assisted.

Despite a 14-5 dominance in shots in the third period, the Wild could not score again, even after pulling Stalock for an extra skater in the final two minutes.

Chicago eventually sealed it when Toews and Kane assisted on Dominik Kahun's empty-netter, his second goal of the season, with 59 seconds remaining for a two-goal lead.

Stalock finished with 25 saves.

Minnesota outshot Chicago 40-28.

The Wild had beaten the Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime in their only previous meeting this season. Minnesota entered the match in second place in the Central Division with 26 points, while Chicago was sixth with 19.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Minnesota   Chicago
Zach Parise 1 Points Jonathan Toews 2
Zach Parise 1 Goals Jonathan Toews 1
Matt Dumba 1 Assists Patrick Kane 2
Zach Parise 1 Power Play Goals Jonathan Toews 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Alex Stalock .926 Save Percentage Corey Crawford .975
Alex Stalock 25 Saves Corey Crawford 39
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 40 1 1-3 2-3 6 37
Chicago 28 3 1-3 2-3 6 30
Upcoming Games
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .375 after a win and .385 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Wild have a W/L % of .583 after a win and .556 after a loss.