Great outdoors: Pominville, Haula lead Wild past Hawks 6-1
Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, second from right, celebrates with right wing Nino Niederreiter, right, and other teammates after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of an NHL Stadium Series hockey game Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jason Pominville and Erik Haula each had a goal and two assists, and the Minnesota Wild celebrated the first outdoor game in franchise history with a 6-1 victory on Sunday over the Chicago Blackhawks.
In front of a crowd of 50,426 at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus with an ideal faceoff temperature of 35 degrees, the Wild turned the NHL's 17th edition of open-air hockey into a romp past their postseason nemesis and primary rival.
The Blackhawks pulled goalie Corey Crawford for Scott Darling after 19 saves in two periods. Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Carter each added a goal and an assist, and Matt Dumba and Thomas Vanek also scored.
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Patrick Kane ended Devan Dubnyk's shutout pursuit with his Western Conference-leading 35th goal midway through the third period. Dubnyk stopped 31 shots.