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Wild Avs’ slow Avs rise as Fiala hat-trick underscores 8-3 victory

St. PAUL, Min. (AP) – After several humble losses to the Western Division leader, the Minnesota Wild sent a message to the Colorado Avalanche shortly after the last eight games of the regular season.

Eight was more than enough to slow down the wild animal in the wavy snow.

Kevin Fiala scored his first hat-trick, Kirill Caprizov scored two of Minnesota’s three goals, and Wilde beat Colorado 8-3 on Wednesday, losing his first rule in 16 games to the Snowman.

The announcement? “We can play against your boys,” said Fiala, “if we meet them in the playoffs.”

Luke John Onson, Ryan Hartmann and Elle Erickson also scored as Wild became the NHL winner Philip Grubauer on a rare night on the net. He fell in the third period for Onas Johansson, who scored the eighth goal for Fiala, which was Wild’s all-time record. They finished with just 19 shots on goal, scoring a staggering 42% of their goal attempts.

“They were a hungrier team. “They came out on the first pitch again at such a pace and intensity that we did not match,” said Avalanche coach Ared Bednar.

Nathan McKinnon received the avalanche on the board in the second period, just 26 seconds after Wild built a 3-0 lead. Andre Burakovsky և Mikko Rantanen scored the goal difference 4-3. Russia’s right-hand side became the newcomer to the first place, having two strength goals in the game.

“He is a great player. “He was great for us all season, and I feel like all the lines are turning,” Fiala said.

Fiala’s two goals were also in the power play, as Wild’s 4: Passed 5 points against Avs from the penalty spot, which entered the second place of the championship in the evening. Six of Minnesota’s 18-man goals have been scored in the last two games against Colorado. The Wild started the game with the second worst power game in the NHL.

“We were waiting for that, weren’t we?” Coach Dean Evason said:

The avalanche caused great damage to itself. MacKinnon had penalties that preceded Caprizov’s two goals in the game. Hartmann scored the ball in the Colorado area, and Fiala also scored after the turnover.

“You do not want to inflate it in proportion, but not only do you not intend to let it go,” said Avs captain Gabe Landescog. “I think every boy in that locker room hates losing. Some of us hate losing more than we love winning. That’s right. It doesn’t matter how many games you win in a row or where you are in the standings, it’s a loss. But better teams learn from that. ”

In this highly contested match, 18 penalties were imposed, including one behavior per game for each side; the scores started early or late.

Cam Talbot had 29 saves, Jared Spurgeon had three assists, and Victor Rusk twice assisted Wild, who became the first team to win the Snowdrop before overtime games in Arizona on March 8. Colorado, which has the best points in the league. In the overall standings, they beat Toronto by 1 point, 13-0-2 in 15 games.


Avalanche won five of the first seven games by a 28-17 margin, including Monday’s 5-4 decision that ended Minnesota’s record 11 home games in a row. Wild received 3,000 customers at the competition, the first gates to be officially opened this season. The fans had more to rejoice in this time, throwing shirts on the ice after Fiala’s third goal, giving the hosts a constant roar when they went out on the rink.

“It was great to have energy here for the fans,” Fiala said. “We like to play in front of the fans, you know? “Obviously it was a lot of fun to see the ice caps.”


Zach Parise (COVID-19 protocol) և Mats Zuccarello (low body injury) returned to the Wild lineup. Paris were in fourth place with John Onson, who scored his first goal of his career.


Avalanche. Visit Anaheim on Friday և Sunday. This year they are competing 4-1-1 with the last place Ducks.

Wild nature. Friday և Saturday play in St. Louis. They will face the “blues” in seven of the next 14 games.


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