There will be comprehensive coverage, photos, videos of today's 6-1 Wild win over the Blackhawks at TCF Bank Stadium over at startribune.com/wild, so I'm just going to toss a blog up here with facts, tidbits and stats from today's big win.
The Wild has the day off Monday, so I'll do a follow with leftovers and advance the home game against the Islanders in Tuesday's paper. I'll also be in studio with Paul Allen at 9 a.m. Monday and on Tuesday, I'll be solo hosting the Russo-Souhan Show at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub at 4 p.m. before the game, so please stop on by.
A couple special guests that will make for a very fun show.
As for today, Jason Pominville continued his great play of late with a goal and two assists, Erik Haula scored a career-high three points with his fourth multi-point game in the past seven, Nino Niederreiter had a goal and assist, Ryan Carter had a goal and assist and game-high six shots, Matt Dumba scored another goal, Thomas Vanek scored a game-winning goal for the second consecutive game, Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon were each +3 and Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves as the Wild improved to 4-0 under John Torchetti.
The Wild has scored 21 goals under Torchetti in those four games. Thirteen different ones have scored those 21 goals, and six different ones today.
Here's some cut-and-paste from both the Wild and NHL on today's game:
FROM THE WILD
The game marked the first time the Wild participated in a regular-season outdoor NHL game and marked the NHL’s 17th overall outdoor game. TCF Bank Stadium became the third football stadium to host a Stadium Series game, joining Soldier Field (2014) and Levi’s Stadium (2015). It joins Michigan Stadium (2014 Winter Classic) as the only NHL outdoor games played on a university campus. A special game featuring alumni from the Wild, Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars took place Saturday afternoon in which Team Minnesota defeated Chicago, 6-4, in front of a crowd of 37,922.
Minnesota won its fourth consecutive game, it’s longest winning streak of the season. The Wild extends its franchise record to four games with scoring at least five regulation goals in consecutive games. Minnesota has now won five straight regular-season contests against Chicago – its longest streak since 2007. The Wild is 11-6-1 in its last 18 games against the Blackhawks.
The Wild has scored a power-play goal in four straight games and in 11 of its last 13 games. Minnesota ranks seventh amongst Western Conference teams and ranks 10th in the NHL this season with a 21.6 power-play percentage on home ice (19-of-88).
RW Jason Pominville used three points (1-2=3) to record his 32nd career three-point plus game, his first three-point contest since Jan. 15, 2015. It also marks his second multi-point game in the last three games. His three points in today’s game ties the NHL record for most points in one regular season NHL outdoor game. He extends his point streak to three games (3-3=6). He owns 27 points (9-18=27) in 59 matches this season. He ranks second on the Wild in shots (154) and T-4th in assists.
C Erik Haula recorded his first career three-point game, using a goal and two assists. He has four mutli-point games in the last seven contests – his ninth career multi-point game. He has nine points (3-6=9) in the last seven games. The former Golden Gopher has already set career highs in assists (12) and points (20) and ties his career-best in goals (7). He leads Minnesota with a plus-13 rating this season.
RW Nino Niederreiter tallied two points (1-1=2) for his 15th career multi-point game, fifth this season. He owns five points (2-3=5) in the last four games and 29 points (11-18=29) in 59 games this season.
C Ryan Carter earned second star honors after netting two points (1-1=2) and tying his career-best six shots. The White Bear native has nine points (6-3=9) in 49 games this season.
D Matt Dumba scored the game’s first goal, setting a career-high nine goals this season. He owns three points (2-1=3) in the last two games and nine points (4-5=9) in the last 10 games. He ranks T-5th amongst NHL defensemen in power-play goals and T-7th in game-winning goals.
LW Thomas Vanek netted the Wild’s second goal of the game, his fifth power-play goal of the season. He owns three points (2-1=3) in back-to-back games and seven points (3-4=7) in the last seven games. He has 36 points (17-19=36) in 58 games. He ranks T-3rd on the Wild in power-play goals, third in goals and T-3rd in points.
D Mike Reilly recorded the secondary assist on Vanek’s goal and skated a career-high 16:17 TOI. The former Golden Gopher has three helpers in the last two games, marking his first career point streak. He owns four points (2-2=4) in 11 games with the Wild.
G Devan Dubnyk earns his third consecutive win, stopping 31-of-32 shots today. He has made 80-of-86 saves in his last three games, posting a 2.00 GAA and a .930 SV% in that span. He ranks T-4th in the NHL with four shutouts this season, totaling 21 wins, a 2.37 GAA and .918 SV% in 46 games (45 starts).
RW Patrick Kane scored the lone goal for Chicago. G Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 23 shots through two periods while G Scott Darling made eight saves in relief during the third period.
FROM THE NHL
2016 COORS LIGHT NHL STADIUM SERIES
MINNESOTA WILD 6, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 1
TCF BANK STADIUM, MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. – FEB. 21, 2016
LOCAL PRODUCTS POWER WILD IN 2016 COORS LIGHT NHL STADIUM SERIES . . .
University of Minnesota alumnus Erik Haula (2010-13) posted 1-2—3 and earned ‘First Star’ honors to lift the Wild over the Blackhawks in the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Haula, a seventh-round selection (182nd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft, registered his first career three-point game (171 GP). He notched his fourth multi-point effort in his last seven outings (3-6—9) after totaling five such performances in his first 164 career appearances. Haula also equaled a career high with his seventh goal of the season (53 GP), a number first reached in 2014-15 (72 GP).
Several other local products aided in the Wild’s victory:
* White Bear Lake, Minn., native Ryan Carter recorded 1-1—2, his 10th career multi-point game and first since Nov. 13, 2014 vs. BUF (1-1—2).
* University of Minnesota alumnus Thomas Vanek (2002-04) scored his 17th goal of the season and first in three career regular-season outdoor NHL game appearances (also 2008 WC w/ BUF and 2014 SS-NY w/ NYI).
* University of Minnesota alumnus Mike Reilly (2012-15) and University of Minnesota-Duluth alumnus Justin Fontaine (2007-11) both collected one assist.
. . . HAULA, POMINVILLE EQUAL OUTDOOR GAME RECORD
Wild teammates Erik Haula and Jason Pominville both notched 1-2—3 to equal the record for points in a regular-season outdoor NHL game. That has been achieved by seven other players, most recently Chicago’s Jonathan Toews in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field (2-1—3).
Pominville posted his 32nd career three-point game and first since Jan. 15, 2015 at BUF (0-3—3).
WILD CONTINUE FLAWLESS START, OFFENSIVE SURGE UNDER TORCHETTI
The Wild improved to 4-0-0 under interim head coach John Torchetti following a stretch in which they lost 13 of 14 games (1-11-2), including eight straight (0-6-2). The team has scored five or more goals – all in regulation – in each of its four outings under Torchetti’s direction, a first in franchise history.
At 27-22-10 (64 points), the Wild climbed within one point of the idle Predators (27-21-11, 65 points) for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. Minnesota improved to 35-22-3 in its 60 all-time regular-season games against Chicago (24-27-9), including five straight wins dating to Feb. 3, 2015 (3-0-0 in 2015-16).
HOME TEAM EARNS RARE OUTDOOR GAME VICTORY
The Wild became just the fifth home team to win a regular-season outdoor NHL game (17 GP: 5-10-2). The others: the Bruins in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park (2-1 OT W vs. PHI), the Flames in the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium (4-0 W vs. MTL), the Blackhawks in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field (5-1 W vs. PIT) and the Capitals in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park (3-2 W vs. CHI).
STADIUM SERIES QUICK HITS
* Twenty-five players appeared in their first regular-season outdoor NHL game (not including Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper, who dressed but did not play) – 15 on the Wild, 10 on the Blackhawks.
* The Wild became the 20th team to participate in a regular-season outdoor NHL game. The Blackhawks competed in their fourth regular-season outdoor NHL game, the most of any club (1-3-0). They also played in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago (6-4 L vs. DET), the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field in Chicago (5-1 W vs. PIT) and the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (3-2 L at WSH).
* Four Blackhawks players have appeared in all four of the team’s regular-season outdoor NHL games: Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews. Wild forward Jarret Stoll also played in his fourth regular-season outdoor NHL game (also 2003 HC w/ EDM, 2014 SS-LA w/ LAK and 2015 SS w/ LAK). Their four such appearances are tied for the most in League history.
* Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews collected one assist to extend his record for points in regular-season outdoor NHL games (2-4—6 GP). His four assists in those contests also are tied for the most all-time, with teammate Marian Hossa (3 GP) and Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg (2 GP).
* Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored his career-high 35th goal of the season, second in the NHL behind Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (38). Kane, who extended his point streak to five games (3-5—8), paces the League 35-49—84 (62 GP) – four points shy of his career high set in 2009-10 (30-58—88 in 82 GP).
OUTDOOR GAME ATTENDANCE NEARS 1 MILLION
Today’s crowd of 50,426 at the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series raised total attendance for the League’s 17 regular-season outdoor games to 970,960 – an average of 57,115 per game:
2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: 57,167
2008 Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo: 71,217
2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Wrigley Field, Chicago: 40,818
2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Fenway Park, Boston: 38,112
2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: 68,111
2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, McMahon Stadium, Calgary: 41,022
2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia: 46,967
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor: 105,491
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles: 54,099
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Yankee Stadium, New York (NYR at NJD): 50,105
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Yankee Stadium, New York (NYR at NYI): 50,027
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Soldier Field, Chicago: 62,921
2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, BC Place, Vancouver: 54,194
2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.: 42,832
2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.: 70,205
2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.: 67,246
2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.: 50,426
Total Attendance: 970,960 (57,115 per game)