McAvoy ends goal drought with OT victor against Blackhawks

Ruben Hill
February 7, 2020

It was Dumba's fourth goal of the season and his fifth career overtime goal, which ties him with Brent Burns for most by a defenseman in Wild history.

Matt Dumba scored 2:21 into overtime to give the Minnesota Wild in a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

"The last four games he's really settled in to being the guy that we know he can be", Boudreau said. The Bruins defeated the Coyotes by a 1-0 score back on October 5, and have won 15 straight games against the Coyotes dating back to October 2010.

"After about 30 seconds, I'm just, 'I guess we're staying in Chicago tonight, '" a grinning McAvoy said. The Blackhawks thought they had taken a 2-1 lead with 1:05 left in the regulation when Drake Caggiula defeated Jaroslav Halak for a short goal.

"Caggy scores a big goal, and I don't know what happened there", Toews said.

"I just heard the whistle".

"I don't know how to describe it", Dumba said.

The crowd of 21,472 booed vociferously when the ruling was announced. Corey Crawford made 31 saves for the Blackhawks, who had won six of their previous seven games.

Bruins Win Fourth In RowThe Boston Bruins (32-10-12) recorded four consecutive victories after kicking off their current back-to-back set with a 4-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden yesterday. Chicago wasted a great performance from Robin Lehner, who made 38 stops in his first start since January 21.

Adam Boqvist and Olli Maatta scored in the third period for Chicago.

"I think it's been awhile since we played that poorly", Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said.

But to create McAvoy's moment, the Bruins had to first overcome a one-goal hole created by an Alex DeBrincat power-play goal scored 6:50 into the second period. Boqvist was injured when he was pushed into the boards by Krejci 6:13 by Krejci. The 19-year-old Boqvist then skated away with his right arm by his side, while Krejci was sent for boarding. Krjci's punishment changed to DeBrincat's third power-play goal of the season. Kirby Dach was denied by Halak in front, but DeBrincat skated in from the side and knocked it home for a 1-0 lead at 6:50. The latest win also marked Boston's eighth win in 11 games.

"He's a huge reason why we had a chance to win", Toews said. "First two periods and overtime I didn't think were very good, but a credit to them, that's part of, they made it hard on us".

After the Blackhawks jumped in front in the second, Kuraly skated behind the net and into the right circle before beating Lehner through the goaltender's legs at 12:49. Boston had an excellent scoring opportunity towards the end of the second, but Charlie Coyle, Krug and Kuraly were quickly rejected by Lehner.

The good news is the Blackhawks are in a much better position than they were the last two seasons, both of which ended with the team on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

The Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.

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