The Chicago Blackhawks’ lengthy overall winning stretch is in the past, but they’re still streaking at home.
They’ll try for a seventh consecutive victory at the United Center on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild, who didn’t win a game there during last season’s playoffs.
One night after its eight-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, Chicago (21-9-1) rebounded Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Calgary. Brandon Saad scored the go-ahead goal with 7:03 left in regulation to help extend the Blackhawks’ longest run at home since a nine-game streak Feb. 15-March 6, 2013.
A winner of 14 of 17, Chicago is 9-4-0 when tied after two periods, and its 35 third-period goals are among the most in the NHL.
“When you’re used to winning and you know how to win, you come ready to play in the third,” said Saad, who has scored four of his seven goals in the final period. “You want to have a full 60 (minute game) but it’s good to finish too.”
Saad has four goals and three assists during a seven-game point streak at home, where the Blackhawks are 10-3-1 and have allowed more than two goals twice this season.
Chicago outscored Minnesota 11-4 while winning all three home contests in its six-game victory in last season’s Western Conference semifinals. Though that home success allowed the Blackhawks to eliminate the Wild from the playoffs for the second straight year, Minnesota (16-11-1) has gone 2-1-1 in its last four regular-season games at the United Center.
The Wild scored twice on three power-play chances in Saturday’s 4-3 shootout victory at Arizona. Minnesota was 1 for 44 on the road with the man advantage prior to the goals from Nino Niederreiter and Zach Parise.
“I thought we had some pretty good extended shifts,” said Parise, whose 11th goal tied the game in the third. “They didn’t give us a lot of room through the neutral zone, and for us to come back and find a way to win was important just for the way things have been going for us lately.”
Minnesota is 5-2-0 on the road since dropping six of its first eight.
“We can’t accept anything close and we were close for 55 minutes and we found a way to come back and win the game,” coach Mike Yeo told the NHL’s official website. “That’s a big credit to the boys.”
Niederreiter has recorded four of his team-leading 13 goals and an assist in his last six road contests. Including the postseason, however, he’s gone four straight games without a point at Chicago.
Parise has five goals and six assists in his last 10 contests, though he’s totaled two points in his past nine regular season and playoff road games against the Blackhawks.
With two assists Sunday, Chicago’s Jonathan Toews has seven and three goals in the last seven at home. Including playoffs, he has three goals and 10 assists in his last 13 home games against Minnesota.