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Wild Score 4 in 3rd, twice in 4 seconds, to beat Ducks 7-3 – WCCO

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Wild Score 4 in 3rd, twice in 4 seconds, to beat Ducks 7-3 – WCCO

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello scored four seconds apart early in a four-goal third period and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 7-3 on Friday night.

Zuccarello finished with two goals and an assist, Boldy and Ryan Hartman had one each, and Kirill Kaprizov added two assists on his return.

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Kaapo Kahkonen made 39 saves for the rested Wild, which earned its 10th straight streak against the Ducks — the longest winning streak against an opponent in team history.

Boldy scored on a deflection from a defender 30 seconds into the third before Zuccarello netted on a wrist from the slot to make it 4-1. The team record for the fastest two 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.

Playing for the first time in six days, Minnesota showed no rust, thanks in large part to the Kaprizov-Hartman-Zuccarello line that combined for two goals and three assists in the first period. He finished with seven points.

Less than 90 seconds after Kevin Fiala completed a 2-on-1 with Boldy, Zuccarello grabbed a rebound from Kaprizov’s shot and fed Hartman in front for a 2-0 lead.

A shot from the right circle by Max Comtois set the Ducks up one, but Kaprizov forced a turnover on the Ducks side and blindly sent a pass to Zuccarello for a searing one-timer from the left circle and a 3 lead. -1.

Selected Thursday for his first All-Star Game, Kaprizov has 10 points in his last five games and 31 in his last 18. with an upper body injury.

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Anaheim played without its points leader, Troy Terry, who was placed under COVID-19 protocol on Friday. He’s sixth in the NHL with 22 goals and was the only double-digit Ducks player to enter the game.

Sonny Milano, tied for second on the team with nine goals, left in the first half with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Derek Grant and Trevor Zegras scored in the third period for Anaheim.

NOTES: Minnesota is 12-3-1 at home. … Anaheim is 2-5-1 since Christmas. … Wild D Jared Spurgeon participated in morning practice but missed his fifth game with a lower-body injury.

FOLLOWING

Ducks: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Wild: At the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

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Wild Score 4 in 3rd, twice in 4 seconds, to beat Ducks 7-3 – WCCO

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