ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matt Cullen scored 90 seconds into the game and again in a shootout to lift the Wild to a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday, handing the Blackhawks their first loss in seven games this season.
The Blackhawks and San Jose were the only teams to start 6-0.
Goals by Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews early in the first period prompted Wild coach Mike Yeo to pull goalie Josh Harding 6:46 in for Niklas Backstrom. Backstrom stopped all 28 shots he saw.
Corey Crawford, off to a sharp start in his third season as Chicago's primary goalie, made 23 saves as the Blackhawks started a seasonlong six-game road trip.
The Wild hasn't had much production from its second and third lines, with the first line of Zach Parise, Dany Heatley and Mikko Koivu combining for 10 of their 13 goals. But Cullen notched his first goal of the season 90 seconds in on a rebound after Mikael Granlund's slap shot bounced off Crawford's chest.
game highlights: Nail Yakupov scored a power-play goal with eight seconds left in overtime to give the Oilers a 2-1 win over the host Coyotes. Antoine Vermette was in the box for high sticking. Phoenix's Nick Johnson scored with 19 seconds left in regulation to tie it. … Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal of the season and the host Senators ended the Canadiens' winning streak at four, 5-1.
Around the league: Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta was released from a Buffalo hospital after absorbing a hard hit by the Maple Leafs' Mike Brown on Tuesday. There was no update on the condition of Kaleta, who is out indefinitely. … Islanders wing Colin McDonald was suspended for two games for boarding Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Tuesday. … Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is out 10-14 days after hurting his shoulder during a scuffle with Flyers forward Max Talbot on Tuesday. … Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek said he missed Tuesday's game against the Sabres because he smashed his stick at Monday's practice and bits of the shaft lodged in his right eye. … Former Sharks CEO Greg Jamison, the main suitor for the Coyotes the past year, can't produce the capital needed to buy the team from the NHL, so a deadline of today to maintain a lease agreement with Glendale, Ariz., will pass without a deal being completed, espn.com reported.
Ex-lightning player sentenced in sex abuse case: Michael McBain, a Lightning defenseman from 1997-99, was sentenced in Las Vegas to four to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl over four years starting when she was 12. McBain also was ordered to register for lifetime supervision as a sex offender. He apologized in court and said he took responsibility for what he did. He played for ECHL Las Vegas from 2003-08, when he retired to become an assistant coach.
|Wild wins shootout 2-1|
First Period—1, Minnesota, Cullen 1 (Setoguchi, Granlund), 1:30. 2, Chicago, Shaw 1 (Bickell, Kane), 5:14. 3, Chicago, Toews 4 (Hossa), 6:45. Penalties—Konopka, Min (interference), 13:57; Stalberg, Chi (interference), 15:30; Frolik, Chi (boarding), 16:08.
Second Period—4, Minnesota, Clutterbuck 1 (Gilbert), :59. Penalties—Kruger, Chi (holding), 14:22.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Stoner, Min (interference), 5:51; Sharp, Chi (hooking), 17:55.
Shootout—Chicago 1 (Toews G, Kane NG, Sharp NG), Minnesota 2 (Parise G, Koivu NG, Cullen G). Shots on Goal—Chicago 7-8-11-6—32. Minnesota 15-4-2-4—25. Power-play opportunities—Chicago 0 of 2; Minnesota 0 of 4. Goalies—Chicago, Crawford 5-0-1 (25 shots-23 saves). Minnesota, Harding (4-2), Backstrom 3-1-1 (6:46 first, 28-28).
First Period—1, Montreal, Plekanec 4 (Markov, Diaz), 5:31 (pp). 2, Ottawa, O'Brien 3 (Karlsson, Condra), 7:53. Penalties—White, Mon, major (fighting), 1:27; Smith, Ott, major (fighting), 1:27; Phillips, Ott (interference), 5:18; Prust, Mon, major (fighting), 5:38; Neil, Ott, served by Silfverberg, minor-major (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 5:38; Cole, Mon (slashing), 6:48; Borowiecki, Ott (cross-checking), 6:48; Emelin, Mon (holding), 13:05; Neil, Ott (roughing), 14:15; Turris, Ott (slashing), 16:11; Bourque, Mon (slashing), 17:58; Borowiecki, Ott (cross-checking), 17:58.
Second Period—3, Ottawa, Alfredsson 1 (Wiercioch, Turris), 7:27 (pp). 4, Ottawa, Zibanejad 1 (Greening, Benoit), 9:25 (pp). 5, Ottawa, Phillips 2 (Smith, Greening), 11:02. Penalties—Armstrong, Mon (roughing), 3:23; White, Mon (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 7:24; Bourque, Mon (goaltender interference), 15:16; Wiercioch, Ott (slashing), 15:42.
Third Period—6, Ottawa, Neil 2 (Benoit, Smith), 14:46. Penalties—Condra, Ott (tripping), 9:37; Prust, Mon, minor-misconduct (roughing), 20:00; Neil, Ott (roughing), 20:00. Shots on Goal—Montreal 9-10-13—32. Ottawa 11-11-5—27. Power-play opportunities—Montreal 1 of 6; Ottawa 2 of 5. Goalies—Montreal, Budaj 0-1-0 (27 shots-22 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 5-0-1 (32-31).