NEW YORK (Associated Press) — Kirill Kaprizov, Joel Erickson Eck and Matt Poldy each had a goal, an assist, and…
New York (AFP) – Kirill Kaprizov, Joel Ericson-Eke and Matt Poldy each scored a goal and assist, and the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Islanders 4-3 Sunday night for their fifth straight win.
Brandon Duhame also scored and assists Matt Domba to help Wild earn at least a point for the ninth game in a row (8-0-1). Kapu Kahkkonen blocked 40 shots to improve to 10-2-2 this season.
“We are a really good team,” Kahkkonen said. “It’s not always pretty and you don’t always have your best self but it’s just about finding ways to win.”
Brooke Nelson, Ross Johnston and Oliver Walstrom scored for New York, which lost two consecutive goals and three of four. Elijah Sorokin finished 17 saves to keep the Islanders 17 points behind Boston for their second wild card in the Eastern Conference.
“Whenever you lose it is frustrating,” New York defender Scott Mayfield said. “After the first 8-10 minutes, we deserved better in that game.”
Duhamie got Wild on the scoreboard 3:36 in the match and Ericsson Eck doubled the lead with a solid playing goal after 57 seconds. A few minutes after Erickson’s goal, a few islander fans began sarcastically chanting, “Let’s go wild.”
“We can still play better with the progression,” said Ericsson-Eck. “I think they played better than we did in two periods. Our first work was good but… we have to keep pushing.”
Nelson cut Minnesota’s lead in half with 6:04 remaining in the first half.
Boldy pushed Wilde’s lead to 3-1 with his fourth of the season at 2:39 of a second, but Johnston put the Islanders back inside one with a first in 4:03.
The sequence began when Duhaime missed a disc at the blue line and Johnston thwarted a spin, then sped into the attack zone before turning the breakaway half.
Kaprizov gave Wilde some much-needed breathing space by turning Matt Domba’s shot into Sorokin for his 18th finish of the season with 8:33 left in third.
“They have good strength,” said Nelson of Minnesota, who finished 1 to 2 on the man’s advantage. “They were able to hit (Sorokin)”.
Wahlstrom’s powerful goal in play 4 minutes before the end of the match capped the scoring.
“We couldn’t find a way to connect it,” Wallstrom said.
Minnesota’s Kevin Villala extended the points streak to 11 with the help of a Boldi goal. Fiala now has the second long streak in franchise history behind Mikael Granlund, who held the record with 12 straight points in 2016-2017. … Kaprizov expanded his points streak to seven matches.
Charles Wang Memory:
During a second-period hiatus from play, the islanders unveiled a plaque in honor of former owner Charles Wang, who was the majority owner of the franchise from 2001 to 2016. Wang spent years trying to negotiate a circuit deal with Nassau County politicians. After the team’s lease with Nassau Coliseum expired following the 2014-15 season, Wang kept the islanders in New York as the franchise reached an agreement with Barclays Center for the team to play their home games there. Wang sold a minority stake in the team to current owners John Ledecky and Scott Malkin in 2014, and two years later they became majority owners. Wang died of lung cancer on October 21, 2018.
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About 15 minutes before the start of the match, the islanders announced that fourth midfielder Casey Sisikas would not be dressed “due to a non-Covid illness”. Jezekas has three goals and one assist in 30 games this season.
Wild: In Chicago on a Wednesday night.
Islanders: Host Ottawa on a Tuesday night.
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