Three-goal second period propels Wild past Coyotes, 5-2

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

Published in Hockey

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kirill Kaprizov pointed at Ryan Hartman, and Hartman pointed at Kaprizov.

Each appeared to be signaling at the player he believed scored the goal, but both were responsible for another clutch play.

After they combined on the game-winner the previous time out, Kaprizov and Hartman headlined a three-goal second period that polished off a 5-2 comeback for the Wild against the Coyotes in front of 16,239 at Xcel Energy Center for the team's fourth straight victory.

This is tied for the Wild's longest win streak of the season, and its eight victories in St. Paul are tied for the most in franchise history through the first 10 home contests.

No one has scored more in the NHL than the Wild since Nov. 2, with the team's 61 goals leading the league. The team has racked up four or more goals in 11 of its last 14 games.

Kaprizov and Hartman finished with two points apiece, with Kaprizov earning that goal in question and then later adding an assist; Hartman had two helpers.


Tied at 1, Kaprizov's seventh goal floated through traffic — and by Hartman's stick, hence the debate — at 7 minutes, 20 seconds of the second to give the Wild a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Jordan Greenway tallied his first goal of the season during a career-high three-point game after getting a piece of a Jon Merrill shot at 14:19 while setting a screen in front of Arizona goalie Scott Wedgewood.

Then, with 4 seconds left in the period, the Wild went up by another goal on a slapshot from Jonas Brodin.

Kaprizov and Hartman each picked up an assist on the play, continuing their prowess since getting assigned to the same line three games ago.


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