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Minnesota 7, Detroit 4
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, February 14, 2022
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Steve Kozari, Michael Markovic
Linesmen: Ryan Daisy, Libor Suchanek
Attendance: 18098

Matt Boldy notched his first career hat trick as the Minnesota Wild downed the Detroit Red Wings 7-4 on Monday in Saint Paul, Minn.

Boldy, a 20-year-old rookie who entered the night with four goals on the season, also had an assist. Kirill Kaprizov supplied two goals and an assist for Minnesota, and Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist. Ryan Hartman also scored, Mats Zuccarello notched three assists and Jared Spurgeon collected two assists.

Kaapo Kahkonen stopped 30 shots for the Wild, who are 11-1-1 in their past 13 games.

Third-year player Gustav Lindstrom scored his first career goal for Detroit. Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist. Lucas Raymond and Sam Gagner also scored for Detroit, and Moritz Seider and Tyler Bertuzzi each had two assists. Alex Nedeljkovic made 18 saves.

The teams combined for four goals in the first eight-plus minutes.

Larkin scored his 25th just 1:27 into the contest, firing the puck past Kahkonen after a defenseman fell down. Seider was credited with an assist.

Lindstrom got his breakthrough goal with a shot from the point at 4:01 for a 2-0 lead. Bertuzzi and Marc Staal had the assists.

Boldy scored his first goal of the game with a spin move into the slot at 5:29. Kevin Fiala and Frederick Gaudreau were credited with assists.

Boldy's second goal came on a power play when he tipped in a Zuccarello shot. Spurgeon picked up the secondary assist.

Kaprizov made it 3-2 Wild at 4:54 of the second period with a blast from the left circle. Zuccarello set up the play with a backward pass.

Boldy's hat trick was achieved at 18:13 of the period on another power play. His shot from the side of the net bounced off the goalpost and Nedeljkovic's backside before crossing the goal line. Spurgeon and Zuccarello had the assists.

The Wild extended their lead to 5-2 on another power-play goal eight minutes into the third period. Eriksson Ek tipped in a Brody shot for his 14th goal.

Raymond ripped a one-timer off a Larkin pass on a Red Wings power play to cut the deficit to 5-3 at 9:43 of the third. With the Red Wings' net empty, Gagner made it a one-goal game with 1:46 remaining.

Kaprizov's empty-netter gave the Wild some breathing room at 19:11, and Hartman scored with 15 seconds left.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Detroit   Minnesota
Dylan Larkin 2 Points Matt Boldy 4
Dylan Larkin 1 Goals Matt Boldy 3
Tyler Bertuzzi 2 Assists Mats Zuccarello 3
Lucas Raymond 1 Power Play Goals Matt Boldy 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Alex Nedeljkovic .750 Save Percentage Kaapo Kahkonen .882
Alex Nedeljkovic 18 Saves Kaapo Kahkonen 30
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Detroit 34 4 1-6 1-4 15 37
Minnesota 25 7 3-4 5-6 19 31
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Wild have a W/L % of .724 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against NY Rangers. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .455 after a win and .429 after a loss.