Kirill Kaprizov made history with Minnesota Wild attracting attention for his effectiveness late in the game without his goalkeeper in the 7-4 loss to the Dallas Stars.
In the only game left on the schedule at Pittman Arena on Monday due to COVID-19, both teams put on offensive displays. The Wild and the Stars traded five goals in the first half and the Texans retreated to the locker room with 3-2 orders.
After netting from Roope Hintz on strong midterm play, Kaprizov scored his 12th goal of the season. On the streak, the striker notably collected his second point of the match which allowed him to spend his total points this season until harvesting 35. Thus he beat the team tag belonging to Marian Gaboric since the 2007-2008 season. A point scored by Wilde’s player in the first 30 games of the season.
Cam Talbot had a much tougher night than his teammate on Monday as he allowed two more goals in the third half to end the night with just 22 balls from 28 potential shots.
Late 6-3, Wilde coach Dean Evason played a bold run as he netted Talbot by more than nine minutes to go for a sixth player. The strategy worked, because five minutes before the end, Kevin Viala closed the difference to two goals with his second goal of the match.
If only the encounters were in his area where Talbot reclaimed his place, the Wild developed with an empty cage during most of the final nine minutes of the match.
The Superstars weren’t able to deliver the knockout until Jimmy Penn smashed the ball home to the back of the goal to net his team’s seventh goal with just 92 seconds on the dial. Thus, he became the seventh different scorer for his team in the evening.
Wild suffered a fourth consecutive loss and is only one point ahead of the Nashville Predators at the top of the Central Division, with 40 in 30 games.
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