NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Minnesota
(Wednesday, January 21st)
Final Score: Minnesota 4, Chicago 2
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Jim Dowd scored the game-winner with 16 seconds left in the third period, as the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 at Xcel Energy Center.
Dowd ripped a shot at goaltender Craig Anderson, who made a sloppy initial save with his glove. The puck came right back to Dowd, who blasted the rebound past Anderson's blocker for the winner.
"I just shot it as hard as I could," Dowd said.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 29 shots for the Wild, who rebounded from a 2-0 loss on Monday night against the Predators and improved to 7-4-9 in their last 20 games. Richard Park scored twice and Pascal Dupuis added a goal in the victory.
Park's empty-netter was a special feat, coming just three seconds after Dowd's tally to set an NHL record for the fastest two goals. Five teams held the previous record of four seconds.
Tyler Arnason and Nathan Dempsey scored goals for the Blackhawks, who tied a franchise record with their 16th straight road loss (0-15-0-1). Chicago once lost 16 straight games from January 2 through March 21, 1954.
"I think it's starting to wear on us a little bit," Arnason said.
Craig Anderson stopped 21 shots in the setback. Anderson is still searching for his first career win (0-11-2).
"You can't look at the outcome all the time," said Anderson. "You have to look at how you perform. I think overall we performed well enough to win. We just need a couple breaks."
Dupuis gave the home team a 1-0 edge off a feed from Dowd 5:22 into the second period. He scored his ninth of the season on a high snap shot from the slot that beat Anderson high.
Park staked the Wild to 2-0 advantage with a snap shot from the slot that slipped past Anderson at the 15:21 mark of the second stanza.
The Blackhawks scored two unanswered goals to tie the contest.
Arnason wristed a shot off a feed from Tuomo Ruutu with just 1:03 left in the second period to make it a one goal game.
Dempsey's equalizer came at the 8:47 mark of the third. A low wrister from the slot deflected off the skate of Minnesota's Andrew Brunette and beat Roloson for a 2-2 game.
The Blackhawks are just 3-18-3-1 on the road this season and haven't won away from home since November 7 at Nashville...Minnesota leads the season series 2-1...The Wild will embark on a three-road game trip, beginning Friday in Anaheim.
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