ST. PAUL, MInn. — Frederick Gaudreau scored twice for the Minnesota Wild of their third straight win, 4-1 in opposition to the Detroit Crimson Wings at Xcel Vitality Heart on Wednesday.
Mats Zuccarello prolonged his level streak to eight video games, and Matt Dumba scored for the Wild (16-11-2), who’ve gained 5 in a row at residence. Filip Gustavsson made 16 saves.
“We thought it was only a actually stingy hockey sport,” Minnesota coach Dean Evason mentioned. “We performed robust defensively, they did [too]. There wasn’t a whole lot of exchanges.”
Elmer Soderblom scored, and Magnus Hellberg made 18 saves for the Crimson Wings (13-10-6), who’ve misplaced 4 straight (0-3-1), together with 1-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.
“I cherished our response tonight,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde mentioned. “I am very upset within the remaining end result, however I assumed we had nice pushback. We had a terrific pushback at 2-nothing. We had a terrific pushback within the third, which is an efficient signal once more.
“It simply seems like we did not hand over a complete lot. You is perhaps speaking about below 10 probabilities in opposition to. We misplaced the particular groups battle once more and simply the 2 breakdowns for objectives.”
Gaudreau gave the Wild a 1-0 lead with a power-play purpose at 14:37 of the primary interval with a wrist shot from above the fitting face-off circle.
Dumba made it 2-0 at 8:02 of the second interval. Jordan Greenway gained a board battle and pushed a free puck out to Dumba, who scored from the slot.
Soderblom reduce it to 2-1 at 18:41 with an open backdoor rebound, however Zuccarello responded 16 seconds later at 18:57 with a shot from his knees for a 3-1 lead.
“Clearly, that is a purpose you need again,” Hellberg mentioned. “Everybody froze a little bit bit. I’ve to be quicker making that save, particularly in an important second within the sport like that we simply scored. It killed our momentum a little bit bit, so yeah, after all it was a tricky one for positive.”
It was Zuccarello’s tenth purpose of the season. He has three objectives and 7 assists throughout his level streak.
“Simply fortunate. Good to see it go in,” Zuccarello mentioned. “It was a giant purpose to enter intermission with [a two-goal lead] as a substitute of 1. That was large.”
Gaudreau scored an empty-net purpose with 42 seconds left for the 4-1 remaining.
“I hope that groups discover it tough to play in opposition to us,” Evason mentioned. “Not solely simply bodily however as a result of we’re hopefully relentless not solely within the defensive zone, however within the offensive zone as properly searching pucks down and protecting pucks in. That’s our id and that’s what we wish to be, and we have got to that time. So now the problem once more is to repeatedly try this on a nightly foundation simply time and again and if we try this, we give ourselves an actual good alternative.”
NOTES: Crimson Wings defenseman Filip Hronek left the sport after being hit by ahead Ryan Reaves at 3:03 of the primary. Lalonde mentioned Hronek wished to return however was positioned in concussion protocol for as a precaution. … Detroit performed with out ahead Dylan Larkin, who sustained an undisclosed harm Tuesday. Soderblom was recalled by the Crimson Wings from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League earlier Wednesday, and defenseman Olli Maatta was positioned on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 6. … Gustavsson has gained 5 straight begins since Nov. 19. … Zuccarello is the fourth Minnesota participant to attain 10 objectives this season; the Buffalo Sabres are the one group with extra (5). … Wild ahead Kirill Kaprizov had an help and prolonged his residence level streak to 10 video games (5 objectives, 11 assists).