The Minnesota Wild continue to dampen the spirits of teams fighting for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Sunday, the Wild did it to the Chicago Blackhawks with a 5-4 shootout victory at the United Center.
The Wild (34-35-10) entered Sunday’s game coming off back-to-back wins over division-leading teams at home.
Devin Setoguchi scored the first and last goals of the game; both in breakaway fashion. The second was the clinching goal in the shootout.
The first goal of the came at the 10:11 mark of the first period when Setoguchi’s knocked a rebound of his own shot that snuck through the pads of Ray Emery into the open net.
Setoguchi, needing just one, has three games to become the third Wild player to reach 20-goal plateau this season.
He later added assists on the Wild’s second and third goals for this third three-point game as a member of the Wild.
Just 20 seconds after the Blackhawks tied the game at 2-2, Clayton Stoner scored his first goal of the season by knocking a rebound off a shot attempt by Setoguchi past Emery early in the second period.
Former No. 1 overall draft pick Patrick Kane scored the first of his two goals to cut the Wild lead to 4-3 after two periods.
Kane scored his second goal on the power play to tie the game with two minutes and 45 seconds remaining in the third period.
The Blackhawks (44-26-10) should feel very lucky to have gotten a point in the standings with the shootout loss. If the referees did not call Koivu for tripping, which Dave Bolland clearly dove or tripped over his own feet, with just over three minutes remaining, the Blackhawks likely would have lost in regulation.
The two teams did not just trade jabs on the scoreboard, they combined for 16 penalties totaling 58 minutes.
That includes two fights, one misconduct and several minor penalties in a one-minute and 11-second span early in the first period. It added up to 36 minutes in penalties.
No. 3 – Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks forward scored two goals.
No. 2 – Dany Heatley. The Wild forward recorded a goal and an assist.
No. 1 – Devin Setoguchi. The Wild forward scored a goal and had two assists.
Minnesota 2 2 0 0 – 5
Chicago 1 2 1 0 – 4
First Period – 1, Minnesota, Setoguchi 19 (Heatley, Scandella), 10:11. 2, Chicago, Sharp 33 (Leddy, Kruger), 10:45. 3, Minnesota, Heatley 22 (Koivu, Setoguchi), 13:54 (pp). Penalties – Falk, Min, major (fighting), 5:32; Hayes, Chi, major (fighting), 5:32; Stoner, Min, major (fighting), 6:35; Almond, Min (slashing), 6:43; Powe, Min (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:43; Shaw, Chi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 6:43; Shaw, Chi, misconduct (10-minute), 6:43; Bolland, Chi (interference), 13:16; Olsen, Chi (illegal check to the head), 18:34.
Second Period – 4, Chicago, Stalberg 21 (Seabrook, Hjalmarsson), 5:28. 5, Minnesota, Stoner 1 (Setoguchi, Koivu), 5:48. 6, Minnesota, Brodziak 22 (Gilbert, Veilleux). 7, Chicago, Kane 22 (Hossa, Leddy), 8:20. Penalties – Powe, Min (interference), 1:24; Almond, Min, major (fighting), 9:15; Shaw, Chi, major (fighting), 9:15.
Third Period – 8, Chicago, Kane 23 (Shaw), 17:15 (pp). Penalties – Ortmeyer, Min (tripping), 4:36; Koivu, Min (tripping), 16:59; Kruger, Chi (hooking), 18:16.
Overtime – None. Penalties – None.
Shootout – Minnesota Christensen (goal), Koivu (missed), Setoguchi (goal). Home Kane (goal), Sharp (saved), Bolland (saved).
Shots on goal – Minnesota 9-12-5-4 30. Chicago 10-16-8-1 35.
Goalies – Minnesota, Harding (31-35). Chicago, Emery (26-30). A – N/A. Referees – Eric Furlatt, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen – Brad Kovachik, Ryan Galloway.