Flower outlets would possibly grow to be standard stops on the way in which to Wild video games.
One other win by Marc-Andre Fleury in his second begin with the group equaled extra bouquets on the ice to honor the goaltender dubbed “Flower” after a 4-1 dusting of the Flyers on Tuesday in entrance of 17,874 at Xcel Vitality Middle for the Wild’s seventh consecutive victory.
“Probably put them in my hotel room,” Fleury mentioned. “Some plants in there might be nice.”
Fleury picked up 32 saves, together with 16 within the third interval, to enhance to 2-0 with the Wild since a March 21 commerce from Chicago.
In entrance of his crease, 10 totally different gamers earned not less than some extent for the Wild, with Joel Eriksson Ek and Frederick Gaudreau boasting two apiece. Kirill Kaprizov is one level away from tying Marian Gaborik’s 83 for essentially the most in a Wild season after scoring his thirty seventh objective to file his 82nd level.
“We’re rolling right now, all four lines, the defensemen, both the goaltenders,” winger Kevin Fiala mentioned. “Everyone’s on board.”
As for the win streak, it is the second longest of the season for the Wild, trailing solely an eight-game run from Nov. 24 to Dec. 9. Not solely are the seven consecutive victories at dwelling a season excessive, however the Wild turned solely the fifth group in NHL historical past to put up seven wins in a homestand of not less than 9 video games; this franchise-long keep concludes Thursday vs. the Penguins.
Total, the Wild is 9-1-1 over its previous 11 to take a seat second within the Central Division with a four-point lead over No. 3 Nashville.
“I like where we’re at, the way that the four lines contribute in their own way,” mentioned Fleury, who talked about being extra relaxed than his debut on Saturday within the 3-2 extra time win in opposition to the Blue Jackets. “Guys blocking shots. The special teams are doing well. Playing with some pace. Some good body checks all over the ice. Some grit. I think it’s all things you need in the playoffs.”
Matt Dumba opened the scoring 14 minutes, 29 seconds into the primary interval, a tic-tac-toe sequence after slick passes by Gaudreau and Matt Boldy.
That lead doubled at 16:23 when Kaprizov flung in his fifth objective over the previous 4 video games, a tear that is yielded a power-play marker in three consecutive video games.
Apart from being on the point of the single-season factors file, Kaprizov is 5 objectives and 5 assists away from turning into the chief of these classes as nicely. His 13 objectives in March have additionally tied the franchise file for many in a month.
“The points, they add up really fast for him,” Gaudreau mentioned.
Extra of the identical occurred within the second the place Jordan Greenway capitalized just one:35 into the interval, backhanding in a rebound from an Eriksson Ek shot. That was Eriksson Ek’s fifth level throughout a four-game level streak.
Later, Kaprizov scored once more — a end that may have tied Gaborik’s file — however the objective was instantly waved off due to contact with Flyers goalie Martin Jones. The Wild thought-about difficult the play however did not after seeing Ryan Hartman’s skate bump Jones.
“We figured we were in a good place to just keep moving forward like we were,” coach Dean Evason mentioned.
The Wild did ultimately get to 4-0, on a rising shot by Fiala from the nook throughout a delayed penalty at 18:49 that prolonged his level streak to 4 video games and tied his profession excessive in objectives at 23.
Jones made 33 saves for the Flyers, who spoiled Fleury’s shutout bid 4:21 into the third interval when Morgan Frost scored on Philadelphia’s solely power-play objective in 4 tries; the Wild was 1-for-3.
However Fleury was excellent the remainder of the way in which, even revealing his trademark flashy type by nipping a James van Riemsdyk shot with a windmill glove.
“When you make those saves,” Fleury mentioned, “diving around and stuff, those are the most fun.”