ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Darcy Kuemper came within 32 seconds of a shutout Thursday and made 33 saves in bringing Minnesota a 2-1 victory over Chicago.
The Blackhawks have scored the most goals in the NHL this season, but they were unable to put one past Kuemper until Patrick Kane scored on a slap shot. Kuemper was trying for what would have been the second shutout of his two-year career.
It was only the ninth loss in regulation time all season for the Blackhawks, fewest in the NHL. Chicago has lost in overtime on a league-high 12 occasions.
Antti Raanta gave up the two Minnesota goals on 19 shots.