ST. PAUL, Minn. — Kevin Fiala scored his first NHL hat trick, and the Minnesota Wild ended the Colorado Avalanche’s 15-game point streak with an 8-3 win at Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday.
The Avalanche had not lost a game in regulation since March 8, 3-2 to the Arizona Coyotes. They were 13-0-2 during their streak, which was the longest in the NHL this season and one shy of the longest in Colorado/Quebec Nordiques history (12-0-4 in 2000-01).
Kirill Kaprizov had two goals and an assist, and Cam Talbot made 29 saves for Minnesota (24-12-2) which has won three of four. The Wild went 4-for-5 on the power play to gain a split of the two-game set after the Avalanche won 5-4 on Monday.
Nathan MacKinnon scored for the fourth straight game, and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist for Colorado (26-9-4), which had won five straight.
Philipp Grubauer was pulled 7:18 into the third period after allowing seven goals on 18 shots one game after setting an Avalanche/Nordiques record with a personal 13-game point streak (12-0-1). Jonas Johansson did not make a save in 12:42.
Victor Rask fed Kaprizov cutting backdoor for a tap-in on the power play at 4:00 of the first period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead.
Kyle Rau passed to Luke Johnson up the middle to make it 2-0 at 13:15. It was Johnson’s first NHL goal.
Fiala made it 3-0 on the power play with a wrist shot from the point at 18:38.
MacKinnon cut it to 3-1 with a power-play goal 34 seconds into the second period, sniping a wrist shot through traffic.
Ryan Hartman intercepted a clearing attempt and made it 4-1 at 4:37 before Andre Burakovsky brought the Avalanche within 4-2 at 5:17.
Rantanen scored a power-play goal at 9:42 after the puck deflected off Talbot’s stick to make it 4-3.
Kaprizov scored his second power-play goal, finishing a pass from Fiala at 13:38 to increase the lead to 5-3.
Fiala scored his second with a shot to top right corner to make it 6-3 at 4:24 of the third period, and Joel Eriksson Ek increased the lead to 7-3 with a shot in front at 7:18.
Fiala completed the hat trick with another power-play goal at 7:56 for the 8-3 final.