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Wild outburst in second period sparks win against Hurricanes

Score four goals in 3:28, extend lead for third place in Central

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild scored four goals in 3:28 and extended their lead for third place in the Central Division with a 6-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

Eric Staal scored two goals for the Wild (38-22-7, 83 points), who broke their record for the fastest four goals scored (5:07, Oct. 8, 2015 at the Colorado Avalanche) with Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Staal scoring in the second period.

With the win, Minnesota moved three points ahead of the Dallas Stars for third place in the Central and have won seven of their past nine games.


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"We've got a lot of hockey still; we just want to keep building," Staal said. "We gotta fight. It's tough, our division's tough. We've got a lot of great teams we're playing on road games coming up. We gotta win every night, and we know that coming in. We just want to keep building our game and put ourselves in the best position we can for the playoffs."

Scott Darling made 16 saves in relief for the Hurricanes (27-29-11, 69 points), who are four points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

"You've got to remember how that feels," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "Not a very good feeling, not a lot of fun playing like that, so you've got to remember that. We've got to compete at a higher level across the board."

Video: CAR@MIN: Staal snipes a top-shelf power-play goal

Staal scored his first goal of the game on the power play to give the Wild a 1-0 lead at 4:35 of the first period. He has scored in back-to-back games and has 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) in his past 21 games.

Staal has 36 goals this season, tied for fourth-most with Tyler Seguin and trailing Alex Ovechkin (40), Patrik Laine (38), Evgeni Malkin (37).

"Those guys can score a lot and shoot it really well, so [I've] got a lot of work to do if I want to catch or be around those guys," Staal said. "I'm just going to keep playing. We got quite a few games left and [I'm] getting some good looks from my linemates, great plays. We're about trying to win games and get ourselves in the right position, and that kind of stuff just takes care of itself. But I don't like my chances with those guys shooting, to be completely honest."

Niederreiter scored 23 seconds into the second period when he deflected Jared Spurgeon's shot past Cam Ward (nine saves) to make it 2-0.

Parise scored a power-play goal at 2:23, tipping in a shot from Mikko Koivu to extend the lead 3-0.

Ward was pulled after Daniel Winnik scored at 3:36, but Staal scored again 15 seconds later to make it 5-0.

Phillip Di Giuseppe ended Devan Dubnyk's shutout at 9:23 of the third.

Matt Cullen's fourth goal in his past nine games gave the Wild a 6-1 lead at 14:46.

Derek Ryan scored a power-play goal at 18:19 to make it 6-2.

"I think at this point we don't really want to take anything from this game," Ryan said. "We just want to move on to the next game, playing [at] Chicago on Thursday and flush this game and make sure we're coming out and playing the way we know how to play: at a high level and executing our systems. Let's look past this one. Let's get rid of it and move on."

Dubnyk made 29 saves.

Video: CAR@MIN: Parise taps home Koivu's dish for PPG


Goal of the game

Winnik's goal at 3:36 of the second period.

Video: CAR@MIN: Winnik buries wrister from the high slot


Save of the game

Dubnyk's save against Victor Rask at 18:07 of the third period.

Video: CAR@MIN: Dubnyk stops a flurry of late shots

Highlight of the game

Staal's goal at 3:56 of the second period.

Video: CAR@MIN: Staal buries his second goal of the night


They said it

"I think we're looking to move on from this one, but at the same time we have to realize that when we play this way, this is the result." -- Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan


"Everything he touches -- start calling him Midas from now on -- it turns into gold. I hope it doesn't end. He's well-deserved of it." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau on center Eric Staal


Need to know

Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen's goal and point streak (four goals, one assist) ended at four games. … Koivu had two assists and extended his point streak to five games (three goals, four assists). … Parise has five points (three goals, two assists) in a season-high five-game point streak. … The Wild lead the NHL with 54 points at home (24-5-6). They've gotten at least one point here in 26 of their past 28 games.

What's next

Hurricanes: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Wild: At the Vancouver Canucks on Friday (10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-N, NHL.TV)


Video: Wild score four goals in 3:28 in win vs. Hurricanes

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