Capitals goalie Fucale sets NHL record in shootout loss to Wild

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mats Zuccarello scored the tying goal with 35 seconds left in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Washington Capitals 3-2 in the shootout at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

With Kaapo Kahkonen pulled for the extra attacker, Zuccarello scored from above the right face-off circle to make it 2-2.

Kevin Fiala and Frederick Gaudreau scored in the shootout, and Kahkonen made 29 saves for Minnesota (21-10-2), which has won two straight.

Zach Fucale stopped 21 of 22 shots for Washington and set the record for the longest streak without allowing a goal to begin an NHL career at 138:07. Zuccarello’s goal ended the streak in Fucale’s third NHL game and second start; Wild forward Marcus Foligno was credited with a goal that cut it to 2-1 at 13:55 of the second period when Capitals forward Carl Hagelin‘s back pass went into an empty net with Fucale off the ice for an extra attacker during a delayed penalty.

The previous record was 102:48, set by Matt Hackett with the Wild from Dec. 6-8, 2011.

Connor McMichael and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Capitals (20-7-9), who have lost three in a row.

McMichael gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 2:41 of the second period when Nick Jensen‘s shot deflected in off of him. Kuznetsov made it 2-0 with a one-timer on the power play at 5:48 off an Alex Ovechkin feed.

Kahkonen made a sprawling toe save on Lars Eller at 11:40. Video review determined the puck did not cross the goal line.

The Wild were without nine players: goalie Cam Talbot (lower body); defensemen Alex Goligoski (NHL COVID-19 protocol), Jonas Brodin (upper body) and Jared Spurgeon (lower body); and forwards Kirill Kaprizov (upper body), Joel Eriksson Ek (upper body), Nick Bjugstad (upper body), Jordan Greenway (protocol) and Brandon Duhaime (protocol).

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