Wild's quick scores set up dominant 7-3 win over Ducks

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

Published in Hockey

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kirill Kaprizov wasn't the only one to leverage a lull in the schedule to his advantage.

The entire Wild lineup emerged rejuvenated from a five-day break.

In its first game in nearly a week, the team routed the Ducks, 7-3, on Friday in front of 18,300 at Xcel Energy Center to seal its third straight win.

Mats Zuccarello scored twice and set up another, Kaprizov assisted on two goals and Matt Boldy picked up his first career multipoint game.

Overall, six Wild players scored and 10 earned at least a point.

At the other end, Kaapo Kahkonen made 39 stops in his third consecutive start in place of injured No.1 Cam Talbot and improved to 7-1-1 over his last 10 games.


Anthony Stolarz had 23 saves for Anaheim before getting pulled after giving up three goals in 1 minute, 35 seconds early in the third period, including two in just four seconds. Lukas Dostal had 12 stops in relief.

Those back-to-back tallies, from Boldy and Zuccarello, were just one second shy of tying the Wild record for fastest two goals in team history.

A parade of goals is also how the Wild started the evening.

Just 7:25 into the first period, Boldy passed off to Kevin Fiala, who deked before sending the puck by Stolarz for his fourth goal during a season-high five-game point streak. Fiala needs just one more goal to become the fourth Swiss-born player in NHL history to reach 100 for his career.


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