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.

Patrick Kane ended Devan Dubnyk’s shutout pursuit with his Western Conference-leading 35th goal midway through the third period. Dubnyk stopped 31 shots.


NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Klein scored on a 2-on-1 break at 1:59 of overtime and New York spoiled a magnificent effort by Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in his fourth shutout and helped the Rangers win for the seventh time in nine games (7-1-1).

Howard stopped 29 shots as the Red Wings lost their sixth straight road game, their longest skid since March 2012. He forced overtime with a save on a penalty shot by Jesper Fast with 5:25 left in regulation and then a sliding pad save on Fast in close with 3:45 to go.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie Scott Wilson sparked a two-goal second period and extended his goal streak to three games in leading Pittsburgh over Buffalo.

The Penguins beat Buffalo for the eighth straight time and also got goals from Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel and Matt Cullen, who scored on a short-handed breakaway in the third period.

Kris Letang had three assists and Marc- Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots in returning after missing a game due to illness.

Zach Bogosian scored twice, and added an assist, and Brian Gionta had a goal and assist for Buffalo, which had a 3-0-1 streak snapped. Bogosian’s second goal came with 22 seconds left and Buffalo’s net empty.

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