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Kirill Kaprizov scores twice as Wild dispatch Canadiens for second time in a week

The winning habits the Wild picked up on the road followed the team home.

After a productive trip, the team returned to the Xcel Energy Center and upset the Canadians for the second time in a week, running away 4-1 in front of 16,385 for their fifth victory in the last seven games.

Kirill Kaprizov is a team-high eight goals after scoring two goals, Mason Shaw scored his second in as many appearances and Marco Rossi picked up his first NHL point.

Behind them, goaltender Marc-André Fleury continued his comeback with a 34-save effort to extend his 5-0-1 streak.

Add two runs apiece by Joel Eriksson Ek and Matt Boldy and an effective night on the power play, and the Wild passed their first one-game test without injured forwards Marcus Foligno, Jordan Greenway and Ryan Hartman; the Wild lost another forward when Brandon Duhaime left early with an upper body injury.

Those absences created more opportunities for the Wild’s youth, with Shaw elevated to the Boldy line after scoring his first NHL goal Sunday in Chicago, and Wild rookies didn’t back down from the spotlight when the he team descended on St. Paul for a brief homestand.

Just 1 minute and 9 seconds into the second period, Shaw rebounded an Eriksson Ek shot with his backhand for his third point in two games and fifth overall. Shaw, a fourth-round pick by the Wild in 2017, was one of the last cut out of training camp but has been on the team since Greenway was injured Oct. 20.

Only 2:20 after Shaw’s goal, Kaprizov converted on the power play with a deft deflection off a pass from Boldy. Eriksson Ek also assisted on goal for his third multi-point game of the season, and the power play ended 1 for 3.

Then with 5:05 left in the second, Kaprizov connected on a puck that was knocked down the ice by Rossi.

Montreal challenged the goal to see if Rossi was using a high stick, but video review determined Rossi’s stick was not above his shoulder height when he tipped the puck and goal advance payment. Jake Allen of the Canadiens made 27 saves. He was also in goal in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Wild in Montreal.

Kaprizov nearly buried a hat trick with a shot from the post in the third period, but the Canadiens’ Nick Suzuki and Boldy were the only ones to take advantage during the period.

Suzuki ruined Fleury’s shutout with a one-timer on the power play at 1:30 before Boldy fired the puck into an empty net with 3:08 to go.

It was Kaprizov’s second two-goal game of the season. His eight to 10 games are the second in franchise history; Brian Rolston scored nine goals in 2006-07.

As for Rossi, the assist was his first with the Wild and while he wasn’t a lightning rod for the offense after knocking the team out of camp, the Wild noticed progress in his game.

After just two shot attempts in his first three games, Rossi, the ninth overall selection in 2020, had six in the recent five-game road trip and three more on Tuesday.

“We put a lot of pressure on guys who are first-round picks, and they’re supposed to be here,” Wild coach Dean Evason said before the game. “It takes time. Everyone develops differently, and they develop. They progress. They become more confident every day.

” He’s young. It’s going to go through learning curves and ups and downs, and we’re going to live with it. We decided that he made our hockey club, and he is going to play. He played very well. and kept improving with every game, and that’s what we’re looking for.”

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