ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello scored four seconds apart 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 to the lineup.
Kaapo Kahkonen made 39 saves for the rested Wild, who had six days off before winning their 10th line against the Ducks – the longest winning streak against an opponent in the team’s history.
“Everyone wants to play games. The less you train, the more games you play, the more fun it is,” Boldy said. “But I think we did a good job this week when we got what we needed to get done in practice and just went out there. Like you said, there’s a thrill, especially when you have those days off, you look forward to it yourself. more. “
With his father present, Boldy scored on a deflection from a defender 30 seconds inside the third before Zuccarello scored on a wrist from the field 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.
Matt Dumba, who scored Minnesota’s last goal, did not even see Zuccarello’s shot.
“I honestly just heard the goal song just keep going. The fans rocked. It was amazing,” he said.
Anthony Stolarz made 23 saves for Anaheim but was pulled after Victor Rask made it 6-1 at 2:05 of the third.
“We can’t give up seven goals and expect to win,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “We need to be more focused.”
Minnesota showed no rust, largely thanks to the Kaprizov-Hartman-Zuccarello line, which combined for two goals and three assists in the opening period. The trio finished 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 inside 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.
“We were lucky to get the goals today, but when you have not played for a while, it is exciting to win here,” said Zuccarello.
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.
“It’s Kirill. He’s working hard,” Dumba said. “When he first came back to training, he was just back in business. He holds himself more responsible than anyone else and he wants to be the best he can every night.”
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. Eakins did not have an update.
Derek Grant and Trevor Zegras scored in the third period for Anaheim.
REMARKS: 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.