Soucy, Kahkonen lead Wild to 4-2 win over Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Minnesota Wild had to come from behind to get another win and keep their point streak going.

Carson Soucy scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period to rally the Wild to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Luke Kunin, Mats Zuccarello and Jason Zucker also scored as Minnesota won its fourth straight and earned a point for the 10th straight game (7-0-3).

Soucy broke a 2-2 tie after he backhanded the puck between Driedger's pads at 4:49 of the final period. The goal was the first game-winning goal for Soucy.

''That was awesome,'' Soucy said. ''To come from behind and just to help get the team a win. We've been doing a good job getting points lately, it's nice to contribute to that.''

Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 44 shots in his second NHL start.

''I felt pretty good,'' Kahkonen said. ''Obviously they had a couple of pretty good shots in the first period, the goals. But I think we as a team we stuck with it and in the second period we came out and started putting some pressure on them and then we got some chances and tied the game and went from there.''

Kahkonen narrowly missed an empty-net goal in the final minutes when he cleared the puck and it went just wide of the net.

''The first thing is to get the puck out of the zone, but if you can shoot it in the net, obviously you can try and go for it. But missed it,'' Kahkonen said.

Kunin got an empty-netter with 1:01 left.

Kahkonen made his first start since a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 26.

''The goalie played great and when the goalie plays great good things happen,'' coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers, who have lost four of their past five games. Chris Driedger made 22 saves in his second straight start.

''It's one of those games you look back after and you get what you deserve,'' Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. ''It's one of those tough losses, can't happen.''

The Panthers scored two goals in the first period but weren't able to build on the lead.

''We just got away from the things we did in the first period. Started turning over pucks and that's the result,'' Barkov said.

Trailing 2-0, the Wild closed within one when Zucker grabbed a loose puck, moved past defenseman Mike Hoffman and skated in on a breakaway, and backhanded the puck high into the net with 10:34 left in the second.

Zuccarello tied it 2-all when his shot from the right circle went between Driedger's pads with 7:04 left in the middle period.

Barkov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead on his power-play goal midway through the first as his shot from the left circle beat Kahkonen on the stick side.

Huberdeau doubled the Panthers' lead when he fired a shot past Kahkonen with 5:34 left in the opening period.

NOTES: Wild D Jared Spurgeon left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return. ... C Mikko Koivu left in the third period and did not return.D Greg Pateryn, who had surgery Oct. 1, was assigned to AHL Iowa on Monday for a conditioning assignment...Panthers C Jayce Hawryluk missed his 14th straight game.

UP NEXT

Wild: At Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Panthers: Host Columbus on Saturday.

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123T
MIN13-11-4
0224
FLA13-9-5
2002
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Brodin D01210/0027:312
M. Dumba D00150/0026:013
J. Eriksson Ek C00018/7016:516
K. Fiala RW00120/0012:401
M. Foligno LW00000/0212:083
J. Greenway LW00000/0214:310
R. Hartman RW00010/1015:160
B. Hunt D01020/0016:092
M. Koivu C00004/8212:400
L. Kunin RW10143/4016:341
Z. Parise LW01120/0015:250
V. Rask C01103/3012:350
C. Soucy D10210/0017:042
J. Spurgeon D00000/0004:371
E. Staal C00215/9015:271
R. Suter D00110/0028:385
M. Zuccarello RW10130/0014:071
J. Zucker LW11220/0015:552
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
N. Acciari C000010/8016:495
A. Barkov C10-1413/8021:250
B. Boyle LW00-214/3008:321
B. Connolly RW00-140/0016:090
E. Dadonov RW00-120/0021:490
A. Ekblad D00020/0023:220
M. Hoffman RW00-320/0015:451
J. Huberdeau LW11040/0020:360
D. Malgin C00-110/0010:241
M. Matheson D00040/0012:460
M. Pysyk D00000/0010:440
C. Sceviour RW00060/0013:030
A. Stralman D00-140/0019:561
D. Toninato C00020/0015:570
V. Trocheck C00-115/4015:001
F. Vatrano LW01-110/0211:060
M. Weegar D00-130/0021:402
K. Yandle D01-350/0024:560
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
K. Kahkonen (W)4624460:00
GOALIESSA
K. Kahkonen (W)46
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Driedger (L)2532258:01
GOALIESSA
C. Driedger (L)25
GOAL Luke Kunin (Empty net shot), Assist: Jonas Brodin
MIN:GoalsShots
FLA:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • MIN
      18:59GOAL Luke Kunin (Empty net shot), Assist: Jonas Brodin
    • MIN
      04:49GOAL Carson Soucy (Backhand shot), Assists: Zach Parise and Victor Rask
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • MIN
      12:56GOAL Mats Zuccarello (Wrist shot), Assists: Brad Hunt and Jason Zucker
    • MIN
      09:26GOAL Jason Zucker (Backhand shot)
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • FLA
      14:26GOAL Jonathan Huberdeau (Snap shot), Assist: Frank Vatrano
    • FLA
      09:54(PP) GOAL Aleksander Barkov (Wrist shot), Assists: Keith Yandle and Jonathan Huberdeau
PENALTIES
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • MIN
        10:29Marcus Foligno penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • FLA
        12:03Frank Vatrano penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • MIN
        08:03Jordan Greenway penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
      • MIN
        04:47Mikko Koivu penalty Hooking - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    MIN
    FLA
    Shots on Goal2646
    Goals in Power Play01
    Faceoff Wins2332
    Penalties31
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties00
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    MIN
    Shots on Goal26
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins23
    Penalties3
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties0
    Misconducts0
    123T
    MIN13-11-4
    0224
    FLA13-9-5
    2002
    STARS OF THE GAME
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Brodin D01210/0027:312
    M. Dumba D00150/0026:013
    J. Eriksson Ek C00018/7016:516
    K. Fiala RW00120/0012:401
    M. Foligno LW00000/0212:083
    J. Greenway LW00000/0214:310
    R. Hartman RW00010/1015:160
    B. Hunt D01020/0016:092
    M. Koivu C00004/8212:400
    L. Kunin RW10143/4016:341
    Z. Parise LW01120/0015:250
    V. Rask C01103/3012:350
    C. Soucy D10210/0017:042
    J. Spurgeon D00000/0004:371
    E. Staal C00215/9015:271
    R. Suter D00110/0028:385
    M. Zuccarello RW10130/0014:071
    J. Zucker LW11220/0015:552
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    N. Acciari C000010/8016:495
    A. Barkov C10-1413/8021:250
    B. Boyle LW00-214/3008:321
    B. Connolly RW00-140/0016:090
    E. Dadonov RW00-120/0021:490
    A. Ekblad D00020/0023:220
    M. Hoffman RW00-320/0015:451
    J. Huberdeau LW11040/0020:360
    D. Malgin C00-110/0010:241
    M. Matheson D00040/0012:460
    M. Pysyk D00000/0010:440
    C. Sceviour RW00060/0013:030
    A. Stralman D00-140/0019:561
    D. Toninato C00020/0015:570
    V. Trocheck C00-115/4015:001
    F. Vatrano LW01-110/0211:060
    M. Weegar D00-130/0021:402
    K. Yandle D01-350/0024:560
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    K. Kahkonen (W)4624460:00
    GOALIESSA
    K. Kahkonen (W)46
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Driedger (L)2532258:01
    GOALIESSA
    C. Driedger (L)25
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    MIN13-11-4
    0224
    FLA13-9-5
    2002
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Brodin D01210/0027:312
    M. Dumba D00150/0026:013
    J. Eriksson Ek C00018/7016:516
    K. Fiala RW00120/0012:401
    M. Foligno LW00000/0212:083
    J. Greenway LW00000/0214:310
    R. Hartman RW00010/1015:160
    B. Hunt D01020/0016:092
    M. Koivu C00004/8212:400
    L. Kunin RW10143/4016:341
    Z. Parise LW01120/0015:250
    V. Rask C01103/3012:350
    C. Soucy D10210/0017:042
    J. Spurgeon D00000/0004:371
    E. Staal C00215/9015:271
    R. Suter D00110/0028:385
    M. Zuccarello RW10130/0014:071
    J. Zucker LW11220/0015:552
    Total4502623/326-30
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    N. Acciari C000010/8016:495
    A. Barkov C10-1413/8021:250
    B. Boyle LW00-214/3008:321
    B. Connolly RW00-140/0016:090
    E. Dadonov RW00-120/0021:490
    A. Ekblad D00020/0023:220
    M. Hoffman RW00-320/0015:451
    J. Huberdeau LW11040/0020:360
    D. Malgin C00-110/0010:241
    M. Matheson D00040/0012:460
    M. Pysyk D00000/0010:440
    C. Sceviour RW00060/0013:030
    A. Stralman D00-140/0019:561
    D. Toninato C00020/0015:570
    V. Trocheck C00-115/4015:001
    F. Vatrano LW01-110/0211:060
    M. Weegar D00-130/0021:402
    K. Yandle D01-350/0024:560
    Total2304632/232-12
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    K. Kahkonen (W)4624460:00
    GOALIESSA
    K. Kahkonen (W)46
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Driedger (L)2532258:01
    GOALIESSA
    C. Driedger (L)25
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
    • 1ST PERIOD
    PENALTIES
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

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      MIN13-11-4
      0224
      FLA13-9-5
      2002
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