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Wild returns home to rout Jets, 7-1

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

Published in Hockey

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Late-game thrillers that end in regulation, overtime or a shootout are responsible for the bulk of the Wild's success.

But the team used a different method on Friday, checking the box on a textbook example of how to cruise to victory.

"We played correctly for the entire game," coach Dean Evason said.

In its most authoritative effort of the season, the Wild schooled the sputtering Jets, 7-1, during a matinee in front of a season-high announced crowd of 19,113 at Xcel Energy Center to widen its lead atop the Central Division at the outset of a five-game homestand.

"We started right, and it didn't get away from us like it has in the past," Evason said. "We were very happy with that."

Kirill Kaprizov dazzled with another four-point game that included three assists, and his linemate Mats Zuccarello scored twice in an abbreviated appearance.

 

Overall, 14 different Wild players earned at least a point and the team set a franchise record for goals in consecutive home games with 14.

The Wild also racked up a season-high seven when it blitzed the Stars 7-2 on Nov.18. This was also the most the Wild has scored against Winnipeg, which has dropped five in a row.

"It's awesome playing in front of fans, especially at home games," Kaprizov said in Russian through a translator.

Despite jumping out to an early lead on Wednesday at New Jersey, the Wild faded in the second and third periods; the team advanced to a shootout, which it won 3-2, thanks to goaltender Cam Talbot.

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