Kaprizov has two assists in return, Wild defeat Ducks

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Kirill Kaprizov had two assists in his first game in eight days for the Minnesota Wild, who defeated the Anaheim Ducks 7-3 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday.

Kaprizov sustained an upper-body injury in the second period of a 3-2 win on Jan. 6 against the Boston Bruins. He missed one game, a 3-2 victory against the Washington Capitals, on Jan. 8.

Mats Zuccarello had two goals and an assist, and Matt Boldy and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and an assist for Minnesota (22-10-2), which has won three in a row. Kaapo Kahkonen made 39 saves.

Max Comtois and Trevor Zegras each had a goal and an assist for Anaheim (19-14-7), which is 2-5-2 in its last nine games. Anthony Stolarz allowed six goals on 29 shots, and Lukas Dostal made 12 saves on 13 shots in relief.  

Kevin Fiala gave the Wild a 1-0 lead at 7:25 of the first period, scoring off Boldy’s first NHL assist.

Hartman extended the lead to 2-0 at 8:52 by batting the puck in from mid-air above the crease.

Comtois scored from the right circle at 11:39 to make it 2-1.

Kaprizov won the battle along the boards and fed Zuccarello a no-look pass for a one-timer to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead at 14:59. 

The Wild had three goals in the first 2:05 of the third period, including two four seconds apart: Boldy scored off Ducks forward Cam Fowler at 30 seconds to make it 4-1; Zuccarello split Anaheim’s defense off the center-ice draw four seconds later to extend the lead to 5-1; Victor Rask made it 6-1 at 2:05 with a snapshot.

Derek Grant redirected a pass from Jamie Drysdale at 4:39 to make it 6-2 and Zegras tipped in a Fowler pass at 6:06 for 6-3.

Matt Dumba added a quick snapshot at 11:47 to make it 7-3.

Ducks forward Sonny Milano left at 7:24 of the first period with an upper-body injury.

Anaheim was without Troy Terry, who was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol earlier in the day.

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