ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello scored four seconds early in a third period with four goals, and the Minnesota Wild sent the Anaheim Ducks 7-3 Friday night.
Zuccarello finished with two goals and an assist, Boldy and Ryan Hartman had one of each, and Kirill Kaprizov added two assists in his return.
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Kaapo Kahkonen made 39 saves for the rested Wild, who won their 10th line against the Ducks – the longest winning streak against an opponent in the team’s history.
Boldy scored on a deflection from a defender 30 seconds inside the third before Zuccarello scored on a wrist from the castle to make it 4-1. The team record for two fastest goals is three seconds set by Jim Dowd and Richard Park on January 21, 2004.
Anthony Stolarz made 23 saves for Anaheim but was pulled after Victor Rask made it 6-1 at 2:05 of the third.
Minnesota played for the first time in six days and showed no rust, largely thanks to the Kaprizov-Hartman-Zuccarello line-up that combined for two goals and three assists in the opening period. It ended with seven points.
Less than 90 seconds after Kevin Fiala completed a 2-on-1 with Boldy, Zuccarello got a rebound from Kaprizov’s shot and gave Hartman a 2-0 lead.
A shot from the right circle by Max Comtois got the Ducks with one, but Kaprizov forced a turnover at the Ducks end and blindly sent a pass to Zuccarello for a windy one-hour from the left circle and a 3-1 lead.
Selected on Thursday for his first All-Star game, Kaprizov has 10 points in his last five games and 31 points in his last 18. The team’s top scorer returned after missing a game after a hit along the boards on January 6 in Boston, who left him with an upper body injury.
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Anaheim played without its scorer, Troy Terry, who was placed in the COVID-19 protocol on Friday. He is sixth in the NHL with 22 goals and was the only Ducks player with double digits to get into the game.
Sonny Milano, who is in second place on the team with nine goals, left the first period with an upper body injury and did not return.
Derek Grant and Trevor Zegras scored in the third period for Anaheim.
NOTE: Minnesota is 12-3-1 at home. … Anaheim is 2-5-1 since Christmas. … Wild D Jared Spurgeon participated in the morning skate, but missed his fifth match with a lower body injury.
Ducks: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
Wild: At the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.
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