CHICAGO – Rookie Mikael Holmqvist scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Sunday night.

Holmqvist put a rebound past Minnesota goalie Dwayne Roloson for his first goal of the season and third of his career.

Duncan Keith added a power-play goal with 6:38 left in regulation as the Blackhawks snapped Minnesota’s three-game winning streak. The Wild had beaten St. Louis 3-2 on Saturday.

Chicago rookie Rene Bourque had a goal and two assists. Tyler Arnason also had a goal and an assist.

Marian Gaborik scored both Minnesota goals. He has two goals and four assists in three games after missing the Wild’s first six contests with strained groin.

Roloson stopped 28 shots. Chicago’s Nikolai Khabibulin made 15 saves.

The Blackhawks’ special teams were great, killing eight of nine power plays while going 1-for-5 with the man-advantage.

Bourque opened the scoring at 9:32 of the first period. After skating from behind the net, he back-handed a shot between Roloson’s right skate and the post that barely squirted over the goal line.

Gaborik tied it with a power-play goal from the left circle at the 10:58 mark. He converted a rebound of Brian Rolston’s shot following a kick-save by Khabibulin.

Arnason gave Chicago a 2-1 lead at 2:36 of the second period when he shot the puck between Roloson’s pads from the right side of the crease.

Gaborik tied it 2-2 during a 4-on-4 at 4:44 of the second. After cruising in alone down left wing, he ripped a shot past Khabibulin from 15 feet.

Notes: Blackhawks head coach Trent Yawney missed the game as he returned to Saskatchewan due to a death in the family. Assistant coach Denis Savard ran Chicago’s bench. … Blackhawks D Adrian Aucoin sat out with a groin injury. … Chicago LW Kyle Calder missed the game with a sore elbow, injured in practice on Saturday. … Rolston had an assist to extend his point scoring streak to six games (four goals, three assists). Rolston has points in eight of the Wild’s first nine games and played his 250th NHL game on Sunday. … Minnesota LW Pascal Dupuis missed his third game with a strained groin.

Ducks 5, Coyotes 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Petr Sykora, Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald scored first-period goals and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 on Sunday.

After building the early 3-0 lead, the Ducks got the eventual deciding score on rookie Jonathan Hedstrom’s first NHL goal with 15:19 left. Rob Niedermayer added a power-play goal on an assist from his brother, Scott, with 34 seconds remaining.

Geoff Sanderson’s power-play goal for Phoenix with 5:39 remaining narrowed the gap to 4-3, but the Ducks and goaltender Ilja Bryzgalov, filling in for the injured Jean-Sebastien Giguere, made the lead stand up.

Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky pulled goalie Curtis Joseph after the first period, and David LeNeveu limited Anaheim to Hedstrom’s goal over the final two periods.

Hedstrom gave the Ducks a 4-2 lead while Anaheim was short-handed. The Ducks won a faceoff deep in the Phoenix end, and LeNeveu stopped consecutive shots by Keith Carney and Samuel Pahlsson. The puck dribbled into the crease and Hedstrom poked it in.

Mike Leclerc had pulled the Coyotes within 3-2 against his former team by scoring his third goal of the season – and second of the game – with four seconds remaining in the second period.

He scored Phoenix’s first goal six minutes earlier, 11 seconds into a power play.

McDonald gave Anaheim a three-goal pad by notching a power-play tally with one second remaining in the period. He zipped down the slot, took a centering pass from Joffrey Lupul and banged the puck past Joseph.

Sykora got things started for the Ducks 9:56 in when he wristed a shot toward the left post as Joseph sprawled the other way.

After Sykora scored his second goal of the season, Selanne made it 2-0 at 17:29 when he knocked in a rebound of a shot by Ryan Getzlaf for his fifth goal.

Notes: Joseph is still one win short of becoming the ninth NHL goalie with 400 wins. … The Ducks returned home after dropping three straight on the road.

It was Anaheim’s second win in seven games. … Anaheim LW Todd Fedoruk was in Philadelphia to attend the funeral of his father-in-law. He’s expected to be back for Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles. … Ducks C Sergei Fedorov sat out his fifth consecutive game with a groin injury. … Getzlaf had two assists.


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