CHICAGO — Chris Stewart broke a tie midway through the third period with the first of his two goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Thursday night for their first victory of the season.
Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves to help the Wild (1-1-1) hand Chicago (3-1-1) its first regulation loss.
Stewart tapped Zucker’s feed past Corey Crawford from the doorstep at 9:28 of the third to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead.
Stewart and Zucker broke in 2-on-1 against Duncan Keith after fellow defenceman Brent Seabrook fell down on the play. The goal withstood a video review after the Blackhawks challenged Zucker was offside.
Zucker added a power-play goal with 7:31 to go on the delay-of-game penalty that resulted from the failed Chicago challenge. He banged the puck in from behind the net off Crawford’s skate.
Stewart scored into an empty net with 4:04 remaining to make it 4-1. Mikko Koivu added another empty-netter with 2:01 left.
Minnesota’s Eric Staal opened the scoring with 34.5 seconds left in the second. Chicago’s Ryan Hartman connected midway through the third period to tie it at 1.
Jonathan Toews’ goal in the final minute completed the scoring.
Crawford stopped 29 shots. Chicago entered having outscored its opponents 21-7 in four games.
Neither team had many chances in the scoreless first period as the Blackhawks failed to connect in the opening frame for the first time in five games. Chicago has outscored opponents 11-1 in the first.
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