ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mats Zuccarello scored in time beyond regulation, Matt Boldy had two objectives in regulation and the Minnesota Wild returned house with a 3-2 win towards the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday evening.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for Minnesota, which had misplaced three in a row and was 1-3 on a four-game street journey that slipped the Wild out of the highest eight spots within the Western Convention wild-card standings.
Boldy had his third multi-goal sport of the season. The 21-year-old left wing has 16 objectives in his second NHL season and has six factors throughout a four-game level streak.
With goalie Carter Hart pulled within the last minutes, Tony D’Angelo despatched the sport into time beyond regulation for the Flyers together with his eighth aim of the season with 1:28 remaining in regulation. He wristed a shot excessive above Fleury’s shoulder that simply discovered its method beneath the crossbar.
Noah Cates additionally scored for Philadelphia, which has misplaced 5 of seven. Hart stopped 20 photographs.
Whereas the groups are rare opponents in separate conferences, each seemed to be on the lookout for an early spark. There have been three matching preventing majors within the first 10 minutes, all coming inside 16 seconds of one another.
One other battle got here early within the second interval and there was a giant skirmish behind Minnesota’s web within the third.
The Wild’s robust street journey included the benching of veteran defenseman Matt Dumba for 2 video games. Veteran heart Ryan Hartman, who scored 34 objectives final season whereas a part of Minnesota’s prime line, was a wholesome scratch Thursday, with coach Dean Evason lambasting Hartman’s penchant for taking penalties.
Cates, a Minnesota native, was credited with a aim to open the scoring simply 5:14 into the primary interval. Rasmus Ristolainen’s level shot deflected off Cates and trickled previous Fleury.
Boldy, who signed a seven-year, $49 million contract extension on Jan. 16, scored his first of the sport within the second, sending house a behind-the-net go from Marcus Foligno that first went off a Flyers stick.
Boldy’s second aim got here on the facility play as Kirill Kaprizov despatched a go throughout the crease to Boldy, who was crashing the web.
The Flyers misplaced forwards Zack MacEwen and Wade Allison through the sport. MacEwen was concerned in one of many fights towards Foligno. Allison, who additionally was in a battle with Mason Shaw, later left after blocking a shot.
Flyers: Play at Winnipeg on Saturday.
Wild: Host Buffalo on Saturday.
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