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The Sports Xchange, Published January 23 2014

Pominville, Cook net goals as Wild defeat Blackhawks

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Wild got just enough offense via first period goals by right winger Jason Pominville and left winger Matt Cooke to outlast the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday.

Minnesota goaltender Darcy Kuemper, making his fifth consecutive start, stopped 33 shots as the Wild improved to 8-3-0 in their last 11 games.

Chicago got 17 saves from goaltender Antti Raanta, but could not solve Kuemper until just 31.2 seconds remained. Right winger Patrick Kane got his 24th goal of the season with Raanta on the bench for an extra attacker. It was the second loss in as many nights for the Blackhawks, who fell 5-4 in a shootout to the Red Wings in Detroit on Wednesday.

Chicago 0 0 1— 1

Minnesota 2 0 0— 2

First Period—1, Minnesota, Pominville 20 (Granlund, Heatley) 8:08. 2, Minnesota, Cooke 7 (Fontaine, Brodziak) 15:31.

Second Period—

Third Period—3, Chicago, Kane 24 (Leddy, Sharp) 19:28.

Shots on Goal—Chicago 6-11-17—34. Minnesota 10-6-3—19.

Power-play opportunities—Chicago 0 of 1. Minnesota 0 of 4.

Goalies—Chicago Raanta 12-2-3 (19 shots-17 saves). Minnesota Kuemper 5-3-0 (34-33).

A—19,226 (18,064). T—2:18.