ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored for the third straight sport, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno added targets, and the Minnesota Wild held off struggling Boston 3-2 on Saturday evening.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves for profession win No. 550, one shy of tying Patrick Roy for the second-most in NHL historical past.
David Pastrnak and Morgan Geekie scored, and Linus Ullmark made 33 saves for the Bruins, who’re 0-2-2 of their previous 4. Boston has not misplaced 4 in a row since an 0-4-1 skid Dec. 5-12, 2019.
“It was one in all our higher video games defensively. We performed an excellent group on the market and didn’t give them a lot,” Fleury mentioned.
Boston captain Brad Marchand mentioned the Bruins made it too straightforward for Minnesota. “Will and compete is what it comes right down to,” he mentioned. “Looks like we’re dropping loads of battles that we needs to be profitable.”
Kaprizov has 4 targets and two assists in his previous three video games. Along with Tuesday’s additional time winner towards Boston, Kaprizov scored with 4.9 seconds left in additional time in Thursday’s 4-3 win towards Montreal.
“Since I’ve been right here, I haven’t seen a distinction in his sport. For me, I might simply say that he’s getting rewarded for it,” mentioned Wild coach John Hynes, who took over Nov. 27. “While you’re an elite participant like him, and also you play the sport the fitting means, and play the fashion of sport that he has, it’s form of what I mentioned, it wasn’t if, it was going to be when.”
Minnesota, 10-3-0 beneath Hynes and winners of six straight at house, took over within the center stanza, outshooting Boston 19-6 and turning a 1-0 deficit right into a 2-1 lead in 85 seconds.
Eriksson Ek netted his team-leading seventh power-play purpose of the season virtually six minutes into the second interval, scoring off a rebound of a one-timer by Matt Boldy.
Then, Kaprizov, from the highest of the slot, handed to Alex Goligoski close to the left dot, continued chopping down the slot, and buried an ideal return feed for a 2-1 Wild lead.
Foligno transformed a cross from Pat Maroon early within the third interval for his first purpose in 9 video games.
“To be going into the break with one other win is large, and the consistency we’ve been getting has been good,” Foligno mentioned. “It makes the egg nog style a bit bit higher come the Christmas holidays, and we’ve simply received to maintain it rolling once we come again.”
Geekie, stopped twice by Fleury on breakaways, buried a cross from Danton Heinen with 6:07 to play to get the Bruins inside 3-2.
“I appreciated the primary quarter-hour of our sport, and I appreciated the final 10 minutes of our sport,” mentioned coach Jim Montgomery. “We simply want a extra concerted effort.”
Pastrnak, who scored twice on Tuesday towards Minnesota, scored on the ability play early within the first with a one-timer from the left dot for his twentieth tally of the season.
He’s the sixth participant in franchise historical past to succeed in the 20-goal mark in eight consecutive seasons.
Wild captain Jared Spurgeon missed his sixth straight sport due to a lower-body damage and ahead Ryan Hartman missed his second straight with an upper-body damage.
Bruins: At Buffalo on Wednesday.
Wild: Host Detroit on Wednesday.
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