Chicago Blackhawks suffer first loss of season

Minnesota Wild 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (SO)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matt Cullen scored 90 seconds into the game and again in a shootout to lift Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Wednesday, handing the Blackhawks their first loss in seven games this season.

Cullen’s snap shot in the third round slipped between Corey Crawford’s legs, and Patrick Sharp then hit the crossbar for Chicago.

The Blackhawks and San Jose were the only teams to start 6-0 this season.

SENATORS 5, CANADIENS 1

In Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal of the season and Ottawa beat Montreal.

Jim O’Brien, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Phillips and Chris Neil also scored for the Senators.

Craig Anderson had 31 saves in his 300th career game.

Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, which had won four in a row. Peter Budaj made 22 stops in his season debut.

Down 4-1 in the third period, the Canadiens made a desperate push to get back in the game, but Anderson made numerous point-blank saves, including two on Brandon Prust.

Neil made it 5-1 with a wraparound goal with just over five minutes left.

COYOTES: The prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes is unlikely to complete a deal to buy the team from the NHL before a lease agreement with the city of Glendale expires.

Barring a last-minute change, former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison won’t have the money or investors in place to meet the midnight Thursday deadline for the lease agreement, the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the situation.

Jamison reached a 20-year, $324 million lease deal with Glendale last year that was reworked in November with a Jan. 31 deadline.

New Mayor Jerry Weiers recently told the Arizona Republic that he would not extend the deadline on the lease agreement, so Jamison would likely have to negotiate a new deal if he is able to complete his purchase of the team.


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