NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Chicago
(Sunday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Minnesota 2, Chicago 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Josh Harding turned in a superlative effort between the pipes, making a career-high 44 saves, and Peter Olvecky's first career goal was the game-winner, as Minnesota escaped with a 2-1 win over Chicago at United Center.
Dan Fritsche added a power-play goal for the Wild, who have won two games in a row after losing three straight.
"It was a big weekend for us with two key wins," Harding said. "It's Chicago. They shoot from everywhere on the ice. You just expect a lot of shots."
Harding's 2-7-1 record is not indicative of his play this season. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native came into action on Sunday with a tremendous 2.25 goals- against average and .927 save percentage.
Jonathan Toews had the lone marker for the Blackhawks, who were looking to stretch their winning streak to five games. Cristobal Huet allowed two goals on 24 shots in defeat.
Olvecky broke a 1-1 tie at the 3:30 mark of the third period, firing a quick shot from the left circle that went between the pads of Huet.
The Blackhawks continued to bombard Harding with rubber, but couldn't turn on the red light.
"I don't know if we take things for granted now that we are home, but we have to find a way to win these games," said Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell.
Chicago had the better of the play over the first 20 minutes, outshooting the Wild 18-5, but the game remained scoreless until Toews pumped in his 22nd goal of the season near the midway point of the second period.
Patrick Kane collected the puck just inside the blueline, charged into the right circle and dished across to Martin Havlat. The skilled playmaker then fed Toews in the slot and the Blackhawks captain banged the puck into the open net at 10:03.
Minnesota, though, drew even on the power play as Fritsche planted himself in front of Huet and redirected Pierre-Marc Bouchard's wrister from the point through the goaltender's legs with 7:12 remaining in the middle stanza. The goal was upheld following a video review to determine if the puck was touched by a high stick.
Minnesota captured the season series with the Blackhawks, 3-1-0...The Wild are 6-1-0 in their last seven trips to United Center...Minnesota's top-ranked penalty kill stopped all eight Chicago advantages, including a lengthy two-man advantage...Wild defenseman Martin Skoula played in his 700th career game. Originally selected 17th overall by Colorado in 1998, Skoula won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001...Minnesota forward Owen Nolan and Chicago defenseman Cam Barker both left the game with lower-body injuries.
02/22 22:24:49 ET