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Connor Dewar's first NHL hat trick propels Wild over Predators

Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune on

Published in Hockey

The Wild have started a new streak, and it's different than their last one.

They've won two in a row since dropping seven straight after routing the Predators, 6-1, on Thursday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., to stay undefeated with new coach John Hynes in charge.

This is also just the second time all season the Wild have back-to-back victories.

How the Wild won

Connor Dewar scored his first NHL hat trick to help the Wild run away for their most convincing performance after a season-high three-goal first period.

After a penalty kill by the Wild, Dewar capitalized at 6 minutes, 8 seconds for the first time in 17 games and then Jake Middleton and Kirill Kaprizov (power play) scored 31 seconds apart. Mats Zuccarello's assist on Kaprizov's goal pushed his point streak to eight games.

 

This was a similar script to the Wild's slump-busting, 3-1 win over the Blues two nights earlier, the team exiting the first period ahead after surviving an early power play.

Overall, the penalty kill was perfect (4 for 4) for a second consecutive game, and the power play went 1 for 4.

Turning point

The Predators unsuccessfully challenged Middleton's goal, and that led to Kaprizov converting on the power play.

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