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Wild runs winning streak to six games with 4-3 shootout win over Maple Leafs

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

Published in Hockey

ST. PAUL, Minn. — If the Wild was flying under the radar, it probably isn't any longer.

The team confirmed its emergence as one of the best teams in the NHL on Saturday, outdueling the Maple Leafs, 4-3, in a shootout in front of 18,568 at Xcel Energy Center to extend its season-long win streak to six games while also handing Toronto just its third loss over the last 18 games.

No one in the NHL has more wins than the Wild (17), and its 35 points are tied for the second most in the league after sweeping a five-game homestand.

Mats Zuccarello and Kirill Kaprizov scored in the shootout, this after a scoreless overtime on the heels of the Maple Leafs erasing a three-goal deficit in the second period to set up a photo finish.

This was a must-see matchup, with each team bringing a five-game winning streak into battle, and neither side gave the other much to work with in the early stages.

A hit by Jordan Greenway on the NHL's reigning leading goal scorer Auston Matthews changed that.

 

Greenway stood up to a pair of Leafs players before his linemate Marcus Foligno stepped in, fighting Toronto's Wayne Simmonds.

After that, the Wild took over.

With 24 seconds left in the first period, the Wild grabbed the lead when Greenway pounced on the rebound from a Matt Dumba shot that hit the post. The goal was Greenway's second over the past three games, a span in which he's racked up four points.

That momentum carried over into the second period, where the Wild was the benefactor of a few fortuitous plays.

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