NHL roundup: Wild score two in four seconds, Avs escape Yotes, and Bennett hat trick for Panthers

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Jan 14, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

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The NHL schedule was light for a Friday night with three games on the docket.

In Minnesota, things got Wild as they exploded for seven goals which included two in the span of four seconds. Also, the Avalanche avoid embarrassment against the Coyotes. Meanwhile in Florida, the Panthers dimmed the Stars in a rout.

Let’s get to the recaps.

Wild 7, Ducks 3

Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello scored four seconds apart in the third period Friday to highlight the Minnesota Wild’s 7-3 rout of the Anaheim Ducks in Saint Paul, Minn.

Zuccarello had two goals and an assist, while Boldy and Ryan Hartman each notched a goal and an assist. Victor Rask, Matt Dumba and Kevin Fiala also scored, and Kirill Kaprizov had two assists for the Wild. Minnesota’s Kaapo Kahkonen made 39 saves to win his third consecutive start.

“We lost five in a row. So, you’ve got to get back and we got a huge win in Boston and we kind of got a huge win here against Washington as well and kept rolling,” Zuccarello said. “Today the puck bounces our way, we get some good goals, and it feels good when it’s like that.”

Max Comtois and Trevor Zegras logged a goal and an assist apiece for Anaheim, and Derek Grant also found the net.

Ducks goalie Anthony Stolarz was lifted 2:05 into the third period, having allowed three goals in that period and six on 29 shots overall. Lukas Dostal replaced him and stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced.

Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3 (SO)

Jan 14, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) celebrates his game winning goal against the Arizona Coyotes in an overtime shootout at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nazem Kadri scored the only shootout goal to help Colorado avoid a major upset with a win over Arizona in Denver. According to multiple sportsbooks, the Avalanche were the biggest favorite in an NHL game in nearly 20 years, closing in the neighborhood of minus-700.

Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist, Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost also scored, and Devon Toews had two assists for the Avalanche, who won their 13th straight at home. The teams play again Saturday night in Arizona.

Clayton Keller, Shayne Gostisbehere and Johan Larsson had goals, Phil Kessel had two assists, and Ivan Prosvetov had 44 saves and two more in the shootout for the Coyotes.

Panthers 7, Stars 1

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Jan 14, 2022; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Florida Panthers center Sam Bennett (9) scores a goal on Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) for a hat trick during the third period at FLA Live Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Bennett scored three goals and added an assist, leading Florida to yet another home win in a rout over Dallas in Sunrise, Fla.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves to improve his record to 18-3-3. The Panthers have the NHL’s best home record at 20-3-0, and they have scored at least four goals in 19 of those 23 games.

Jonathan Huberdeau, who leads the Panthers with 51 points and was named to his second All-Star team this week, added three assists. Roope Hintz scored in the third period for Dallas, spoiling Bobrovsky’s attempt at his first shutout of the season.

–Field Level Media