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Kevin Fiala's hat trick leads Wild's 8-3 thumping over red-hot Colorado

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

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The Avalanche won the series but not before the Wild got in one last parting shot.

Almost half of the team's regulation losses have come to Colorado, some more lopsided than others, but the Wild put the eight-game battle to bed Wednesday night in front of 3,000 at Xcel Energy Center by proving it can compete with the West Division leader – running away 8-3 to snap the Avalanche's NHL-best 15-game point streak while tying the franchise record for most goals in a game.

This was Colorado's first regulation loss since March 8.

The eight goals tied the Wild's franchise record for a fifth time.

Kevin Fiala scored his first NHL hat trick during a career-high four-point game, Kirill Kaprizov had two goals, and captain Jared Spurgeon tallied three assists while the power play racked up a season-high four goals in five chances.

After a parade of penalties to kick off the first period, the Wild took advantage on its first power play when Kaprizov redirected in a Victor Rask pass at 4 minutes. The rookie has scored the Wild's first goal in four of the last five games.

 

At 13:15, the Wild doubled its lead on Luke Johnson's first NHL goal – a shot off the rush set up by Kyle Rau.

Before the period ended, Fiala went top shelf on Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer to extend his point streak to seven games, the longest on the Wild this season. During that run, Fiala has four goals and six assists.

This was only the second time this season the Avalanche had surrendered three or more goals in the first period, but the Avalanche didn't crumble.

Just 34 seconds into the second, Nathan MacKinnon scored on the power play.

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