The New Jersey Devils had been overmatched on this one.
Kirill Kaprizov collected two objectives and an help, Ryan Hartman added a purpose and two assists and the Minnesota Wild prolonged their successful streak to a season-high 5 video games with a 5-2 victory over the Devils on Thursday in Saint Paul, Minn.
Kaprizov recorded his seventh multipoint recreation this season and fourth three-plus-point recreation. season. He ended the evening with six objectives and 11 assists in his previous eight video games.
Hartman stretched his factors streak to a career-high 5 video games and was initially credited along with his thirteenth purpose within the second interval earlier than a scoring change awarded it to Kaprizov. He scored late within the third and ended the evening with 11 objectives and eight assists in his previous 17 video games.
Rem Pitlick and Dmitry Kulikov additionally scored because the Wild posted their fifth straight house win and scored a minimum of 4 objectives for the twelfth time in 15 video games.
Defenseman Ryan Graves and Tomas Tatar scored for the Devils, who dropped to 2-5-2 of their previous 9 video games since a three-game successful streak Nov. 6-11.
Minnesota goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen made 29 saves.
New Jersey’s Mackenzie Blackwood allowed a season-high 5 objectives on 38 pictures.
The Wild took a 2-0 lead in a span of two:20 within the first interval because of the mixture of efficient passing and forechecking.
The primary purpose got here when Hartman made an extended cross-ice cross via the impartial zone after getting the puck from Kahkonen. Kaprizov gained possession above the best circle, muscled his well beyond Graves and lifted a shot over Blackwood at 8:49.
The second purpose occurred when Kevin Fiala chipped the puck from the defensive zone into the best nook behind the New Jersey internet. Victor Rask pried the puck unfastened from Dougie Hamilton and forechecked Graves right into a giveaway to Pitlick. Pitlick then eased his manner via the slot and lifted a shot from the left doorstep over a sprawling Blackwood.
After Kaprizov lifted a rebound previous Blackwood for a 3-0 lead 2:28 into the second, Graves fired a slap shot from the left level into the online 24 seconds later.
Tatar completed off a breakaway at 7:40 of the second to make it a one-goal recreation, however Kulikov simply deposited a rebound of a Hartman shot by Blackwood lower than three minutes later.