Minnesota Wild vs Chicago Blackhawks results, highlights: What really happened?
MINNEAPOLIS â€“ The game was as exciting as it could get. There is no denying the fact. To be true it was a game that State of Hockey had dreamed of for more than a decade.
The hockey fans were expecting fireworks in the first professional hockey game held outdoors in the state on Sunday. Both fans and the owners of the Minnesota Wild were hoping that their team will give a tough fight to one of the best teams in the ice hockey.
Nonetheless they didnâ€™t anticipate that their side will come out with such exceptional game that will outsmart Blackhawks. For Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold, it was the best possible outcome that he might have dreamt when he petitioned for the type of outdoor event that exemplifies what is near and dear to every Minnesotan.
The way Wild won so easy, makes the win simply perfect. The Wild capped it off with a 6-1 win against the rival Chicago Blackhawks in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Game before 50,426 at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
It became evident that by the time the State of Hockey anthem was played and those in attendance were serenading their team with chants of ‘Let’s Go Wild!’, Minnesota had long drained whatever life remained in the Blackhawks. Perhaps Brooks Suter, the 5-year-old son of Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, summed it up best when asked by a reporter his favorite part of the day while sitting on dad’s lap during the postgame press conference.
Along with Pominville, Haula also had a goal and two assists to equal the record for points in a regular-season outdoor NHL game achieved by seven other players. Matt Dumba, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Carter also scored for the Wild (27-22-10), who extended their franchise-best streak of scoring five goals in a game to four straight games. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who made 31 saves for the Wild, had his shutout end with 7:55 left in the third when Patrick Kane scored along the goal line below the right circle. The goal by Kane was his 35th of the season for the Blackhawks (38-19-5).