Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL: Wild Defeat Blackhawks in Shootout

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL: Wild Defeat Blackhawks in Shootout

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Charlie Coyle scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the visiting Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night.

Coyle, Minnesota's first shooter, beat Chicago's Scott Darling a night after he and Zach Parise scored in the tiebreaker in a home win over Carolina.

With the one point for a shootout loss, the Blackhawks now have 91, two behind the second-place Blues in the Central Division. The Blues were idle Sunday.

Nino Niederreiter had his 18th goal and added an assist, and Eric Haula also scored in regulation as the Wild improved to 4-0 against Chicago this season. Minnesota remained one point behind Colorado, which beat Edmonton, for the Western Conference's second and final wild-card playoff spot.

Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 shots through overtime and then was perfect in the shootout against Chicago's Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin.

Andrew Shaw scored his 12th goal to end an 11-game drought and linemate Richard Panik connected to end a 14-game streak without a goal to bring the Blackhawks back from a 2-0 deficit.

Kane, the NHL's leading scorer, got up slowly after colliding with Minnesota's Matt Dumba early in the third period but returned minutes later.

Minnesota left winger Thomas Vanek, who has 18 goals and 23 assists and entered the game fourth on team in points, was a healthy scratch for second straight game.

Vanek hasn't scored since Feb. 25, a stretch of 10 contests.

Penguins win sixth in row * Rookie Tom Kuhnhackl had a goal and two assists on his way to a career-best three points and the host Pittsburgh Penguins denied Washington a chance to lock up the Metropolitan Division with a dominant 6-2 victory.

Matt Cullen, Trevor Daley, Justin Schultz, Chris Kunitz and Bryan Rust also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby picked up two assists to push his scoring streak to 12 games as the Penguins won their sixth straight. …

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