Wild use 3-goal burst to rout Senators 7-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Defenseman Jared Spurgeon had a goal and two assists, Zack Parise stayed hot and Minnesota scored three goals in a 4:13 span of the second period to cruise to a 7-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday.

The Wild had their highest-scoring game of the season, beating the Senators for the eighth straight time since November 2016. It was the first time Minnesota scored seven goals since a Dec. 11, 2018, victory over Montreal.

I'm hoping it continues,'' Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. ''It's the first game that hasn't been a one-goal game it seems like in a long time. I hope it was a little bit of a confidence-booster. I think playing on home ice and having success on home ice is really important.''

All four forward lines had a goal and Alex Stalock made 33 saves to improve to 6-3-2 as starter Devan Dubnyk takes more family leave to deal with his wife's undiagnosed illness.

After Minnesota took a 3-2 lead into the third period, Luke Kunin, Ryan Hartman and Eric Staal added insurance goals.

The Wild extended their points streak to eight games (5-0-3). Only the Boston Bruins (10 games) have a longer active streak.

''We put ourselves in a tough position to start the year,'' Hartman said. ''We talked about this date, or even Christmas, to get ourselves back in the hunt, and we've done a great job lately of gaining points and jumping up in the standings. We aren't looking at the standings too much. We are just doing what we need to do. Just getting points. If we do that, we're going to be just fine.''

It was the fourth time this season Ottawa allowed five or more goals in a game after yielding just five in its previous four games.

''This isn't indicative of the way we play,'' Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said. ''I thought we glided too much tonight. We're a team that works and skates and I didn't think we did that tonight. We probably got what we deserve.''

The Wild dominated the scoring chances in the first period but were denied by the goal post and Senators goalie Anders Nilsson. Meanwhile, Ottawa opened the scoring when Nick Paul re-directed Nikita Zaitsev's point shot at 15:37. It was Paul's first goal in 15 games.

Minnesota came to life in the second period with 17 shots and a trio of goals 4:13 apart to take a 3-2 lead into the third. Ryan Donato got it rolling with his second goal in three games, grabbing a loose puck in the corner, cutting to the net and roofing a backhander over Nilsson.

The Senators regained the lead only 54 seconds later off an offensive-zone faceoff. Brady Tkachuk, despite being knocked to the ice by Parise, managed to one-time Connor Brown's centering pass past Stalock for his ninth of the season.

The Wild quickly answered off the rush. Staal fed Zuccarello in the left circle. His shot toward the net was tipped by Spurgeon, who celebrated his 30th birthday with his third goal of the season.

Just 28 seconds later, Parise gave Minnesota its first lead. His goal-line shot ricocheted off Nilsson's skates and through the goaltender's legs. Parise continued his torrid pace. His team-leading 11th goal of the season was his seventh in eight games.

NOTES: Staal became the 113th player to skate in 1,200 NHL games. ... Artem Anisimov and Vladislav Namestnikov returned to the Ottawa lineup. ...The Senators finished 0 for 1 on the power play and remain mired in last place in the NHL with a 9.3% conversion rate.

UP NEXT

Senators: At Calgary on Saturday night.

Wild: Host Dallas on Sunday.

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MIN11-11-4
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STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Anisimov C00-224/5013:050
M. Borowiecki D01-100/0020:261
E. Brannstrom D00-120/0013:510
C. Brown RW01-210/0016:570
L. Brown C01-204/9010:460
T. Chabot D00-230/0022:560
F. Chlapik LW00-310/0210:001
D. DeMelo D00-110/0021:041
A. Duclair RW00-130/0014:450
T. Ennis RW00-140/0012:260
R. Hainsey D00-120/0021:340
V. Namestnikov LW00031/0212:011
J. Pageau C00019/9017:580
N. Paul LW10156/1015:240
C. Tierney C000210/4014:360
B. Tkachuk LW10-130/2217:296
C. White C00006/5219:090
N. Zaitsev D01-220/0019:052
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Brodin D02-120/0221:181
R. Donato LW10121/0013:231
M. Dumba D00-130/0222:253
J. Eriksson Ek C01013/7013:291
K. Fiala RW01020/0014:121
J. Greenway LW00020/0012:172
R. Hartman RW10223/4012:380
B. Hunt D00020/0016:290
M. Koivu C000311/8016:360
L. Kunin RW10016/4015:290
Z. Parise LW10111/0015:340
V. Rask C00133/5014:310
C. Soucy D00010/0016:210
J. Spurgeon D12520/0021:590
E. Staal C11217/11014:300
R. Suter D00540/0022:170
M. Zuccarello RW01220/1016:000
J. Zucker LW10210/0016:080
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Nilsson (L)357280.80060:00
GOALIESSA
A. Nilsson (L)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Stalock (W)352330.94360:00
GOALIESSA
A. Stalock (W)35
Nikita Zaitsev shot on goal (Wrist shot)
OTT:GoalsShots
MIN:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • MIN
      11:38GOAL Jason Zucker (Backhand shot), Assists: Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin
    • MIN
      10:50(PP) GOAL Eric Staal (Backhand shot)
    • MIN
      06:32GOAL Ryan Hartman (Snap shot), Assist: Jonas Brodin
    • MIN
      04:34GOAL Luke Kunin (Backhand shot), Assists: Joel Eriksson Ek and Jared Spurgeon
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • MIN
      13:56GOAL Zach Parise (Wrist shot), Assist: Kevin Fiala
    • MIN
      11:05GOAL Jared Spurgeon (Tip-in shot), Assists: Mats Zuccarello and Eric Staal
    • OTT
      10:37GOAL Brady Tkachuk (Slap shot), Assists: Connor Brown and Logan Brown
    • MIN
      09:43GOAL Ryan Donato (Backhand shot)
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • OTT
      15:37GOAL Nick Paul (Tip-in shot), Assists: Nikita Zaitsev and Mark Borowiecki
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • OTT
      10:33Colin White penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • OTT
      10:18Brady Tkachuk penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • MIN
      10:18Matt Dumba penalty Roughing - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • MIN
      18:56Jonas Brodin penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • OTT
      05:39Vladislav Namestnikov penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • OTT
      05:37Filip Chlapik penalty Tripping - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
OTT
MIN
Shots on Goal3535
Goals in Power Play01
Faceoff Wins4035
Penalties42
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties42
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
OTT
Shots on Goal35
Goals in Power Play0
Faceoff Wins40
Penalties4
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties4
Misconducts0
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MIN11-11-4
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STARS OF THE GAME
5.7%SHOT %20.0%
0.800%SAVE %0.943%
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Anisimov C00-224/5013:050
M. Borowiecki D01-100/0020:261
E. Brannstrom D00-120/0013:510
C. Brown RW01-210/0016:570
L. Brown C01-204/9010:460
T. Chabot D00-230/0022:560
F. Chlapik LW00-310/0210:001
D. DeMelo D00-110/0021:041
A. Duclair RW00-130/0014:450
T. Ennis RW00-140/0012:260
R. Hainsey D00-120/0021:340
V. Namestnikov LW00031/0212:011
J. Pageau C00019/9017:580
N. Paul LW10156/1015:240
C. Tierney C000210/4014:360
B. Tkachuk LW10-130/2217:296
C. White C00006/5219:090
N. Zaitsev D01-220/0019:052
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Brodin D02-120/0221:181
R. Donato LW10121/0013:231
M. Dumba D00-130/0222:253
J. Eriksson Ek C01013/7013:291
K. Fiala RW01020/0014:121
J. Greenway LW00020/0012:172
R. Hartman RW10223/4012:380
B. Hunt D00020/0016:290
M. Koivu C000311/8016:360
L. Kunin RW10016/4015:290
Z. Parise LW10111/0015:340
V. Rask C00133/5014:310
C. Soucy D00010/0016:210
J. Spurgeon D12520/0021:590
E. Staal C11217/11014:300
R. Suter D00540/0022:170
M. Zuccarello RW01220/1016:000
J. Zucker LW10210/0016:080
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Nilsson (L)357280.80060:00
GOALIESSA
A. Nilsson (L)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Stalock (W)352330.94360:00
GOALIESSA
A. Stalock (W)35
STARS OF THE GAME
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OTT11-14-1
1102
MIN11-11-4
0347
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
A. Anisimov C00-224/5013:050
M. Borowiecki D01-100/0020:261
E. Brannstrom D00-120/0013:510
C. Brown RW01-210/0016:570
L. Brown C01-204/9010:460
T. Chabot D00-230/0022:560
F. Chlapik LW00-310/0210:001
D. DeMelo D00-110/0021:041
A. Duclair RW00-130/0014:450
T. Ennis RW00-140/0012:260
R. Hainsey D00-120/0021:340
V. Namestnikov LW00031/0212:011
J. Pageau C00019/9017:580
N. Paul LW10156/1015:240
C. Tierney C000210/4014:360
B. Tkachuk LW10-130/2217:296
C. White C00006/5219:090
N. Zaitsev D01-220/0019:052
Total2403540/358-12
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Brodin D02-120/0221:181
R. Donato LW10121/0013:231
M. Dumba D00-130/0222:253
J. Eriksson Ek C01013/7013:291
K. Fiala RW01020/0014:121
J. Greenway LW00020/0012:172
R. Hartman RW10223/4012:380
B. Hunt D00020/0016:290
M. Koivu C000311/8016:360
L. Kunin RW10016/4015:290
Z. Parise LW10111/0015:340
V. Rask C00133/5014:310
C. Soucy D00010/0016:210
J. Spurgeon D12520/0021:590
E. Staal C11217/11014:300
R. Suter D00540/0022:170
M. Zuccarello RW01220/1016:000
J. Zucker LW10210/0016:080
Total7803535/404-9
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Nilsson (L)357280.80060:00
GOALIESSA
A. Nilsson (L)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
A. Stalock (W)352330.94360:00
GOALIESSA
A. Stalock (W)35
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

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TEAM STATS
2.64
GF AVG
2.92
GA AVG
.32
Power Play
3.14
GF AVG
3.73
GA AVG
.73
Power Play
All times are US/Eastern.