NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Chicago
(Wednesday, October 8th)
Final Score: Chicago 1, Minnesota 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Jocelyn Thibault stopped 33 shots for his 36th career shutout, leading Chicago to a 1-0 win over Minnesota in the season opener for both teams at the United Center.
Tyler Arnason notched the only goal for the Blackhawks, who improved to 34-27-17 overall in season openers.
Dwayne Roloson turned away 21 shots for the Wild, who fell to 1-2-1 in season openers.
Ville Nieminen contributed an assist for Chicago, which snapped a four-game winless streak against the Wild (0-2-1-1). Thibault registered a shutout in last year's home opener (3-0) against Buffalo.
Arnason's tally 3:53 into the second period staked the Blackhawks to a 1-0 lead. Mark Bell skated to the right circle and set up the wrist shot with a pass to the left slot.
Thibault, who registered eight shutouts last season, was tested in the third period. He used his left pad to stop a shot from the right slot by Andrei Zyuzin 1:29 into the period.
Then, with 9:40 remaining, the goaltender saved a shot by Eric Daze from the left point.
Minnesota's best scoring chance in the final period came shorthanded with less than four minutes remaining, but Wes Walz's shot from between the circles hit the right post.
Alexei Zhamnov notched a team-high four shots for the Blackhawks, who haven't lost a season opener at home since October 5, 1989, when they lost 8-3 to St. Louis. Chicago won for only the fourth time in the last 12 meetings in the series (4-7-1).
10/08 23:42:15 ET