Wild crush Blackhawks, Ducks win again


The Minnesota Wild secured victory in the first game of the 2016 NHL Stadium Series  with a 6-1 crushing of the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. 

TCF Bank Stadium was the location for the first of the two-match series, which sees two regular season games take place at outdoor venues, with the Detroit Red Wings set to play the Colorado Avalanche at the Coors Field on February 27.

The Wild were 2-0 up inside the first seven minutes thanks to goals from Matt Dumba and Thomas Vanek, before they doubled that advantage through Nino Niederreiter and Jason Pominville in the second period. 

Ryan Carter added a fifth early in the third period, before Patrick Kane pulled one back for the Blackhawks.

However, Erik Haula managed to find the net for Wild's sixth of the night in front of a massive 50,426 crowd in Minneapolis. 

The Anaheim Ducks secured a fifth-straight NHL victory thanks to a 5-2 triumph over the Calgary Flames. 

Patrick Maroon put the Ducks ahead in the first period and that lead was doubled in the second by Ryan Kesler, before Mark Giordano struck back for the Flames on the power play. 

However, a four-goal third period saw the Ducks claim victory, with Ryan Getzlaf (2) and Kevin Bieksa getting on the scoresheet, while Mikael Backlund found a late consolation for the Flames. 

Kevin Klein was the hero for the New York Rangers as they secured a 1-0 overtime win against the Red Wings.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3, the Tampa Bay Lightning edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2, while the Vancouver Canucks demolished the Avalanche 5-1.