CHICAGO: Jason Pominville and Erik Haula each scored a goal and set up two others to spark the Minnesota Wild over Chicago 6-1 on Monday in a National Hockey League outdoor game.
It was the 17th outdoor game played by NHL clubs but the first in hockey-mad Minnesota, staged at the University of Minnesota’s main stadium before more than 50,000 spectators.
Wingers Nino Niederreiter, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Carter and defenseman Matt Dumba also scored for the Wild, who improved to 4-0 under interim coach John Torchetti, who replaced the fired Mike Yeo eight days ago.
Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves as the Wild won for the 27th time in 59 games for 64 points, 17 behind Central division-leading Chicago.
The Blackhawks, whose lone goal came from Patrick Kane, fell to 1-3 in all-time outdoor contests. Kane’s 35 goals this season tops all Western Conference players.