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Wild top Devils to end four-game losing streak

Foligno, Kunin each has goal, assist for Minnesota; Schneider loses 20th straight decision

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Foligno's slick backhander

MIN@NJD: Foligno roofs backhander on wraparound

Marcus Foligno picks up a loose puck behind the net and roofs a terrific backhander to even the score at 1 in the 1st period

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Marcus Foligno and Luke Kunin each had a goal and an assist when the Minnesota Wild ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Saturday.

Zach Parise and Joel Eriksson Ek scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 16 saves for the Wild (27-23-5), who won for the first time in February (1-2-2).

"It was an important win because we were looking to snap out of the funk," Parise said. "It's good to get back in the win column. After losing [forward Mikko Koivu ] to a knee injury, we had to find something positive, and maybe today will be the start of us playing better hockey."

 

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Devils goalie Cory Schneider lost his 20th straight decision. Schneider hasn't won an NHL regular-season game since Dec. 27, 2017 (0-16-4) and is 0-6-2 in 11 games this season. He was making his second straight start after missing 17 games with an abdominal strain.

"I felt active, on top of the puck and seeing it well, but the results aren't what I want them to be," said Schneider, who made 29 saves. "That has to happen sooner or later. I'm just trying to keep progressing and improving. I know we have a busy schedule going forward, so if the opportunity is there, I can keep building on it."

Brett Seney and Jesper Bratt scored for the Devils (20-26-8).

Video: MIN@NJD: Bratt pots Severson's sweet dish

Eriksson Ek scored off a rebound to give the Wild a 3-1 lead 15:07 into the second period.

"It was a big game; we needed to step up," Foligno said. "We just needed some energy. In our [4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday], I thought we didn't bring our best effort. We got the line back together, kept it simple, and had some success."

The Foligno-Eriksson Ek-Kunin line combined for five points (three goals, two assists).

Video: MIN@NJD: Eriksson Ek buries rebound to pad lead

"We just wanted to get pucks back and get them to the net and it worked," Kunin said. "It was nice that our line was able to set a tone. We just wanted to keep it simple, get a lot of chances and get our bodies to the net. That's when good things happen."

Bratt pulled the Devils to within 3-2 with a backhand from the slot 3:56 into the third period, but Kunin made it 4-2 with a snap shot from the right face-off circle at 7:40.

Parise, who spent seven seasons with the Devils before signing a 13-year contract with the Wild on July 4, 2012, scored a power-play goal from the slot to give the Wild a 2-1 when he deflected in a shot from the right point by Ryan Suter 4:34 into the second. It was Parise's first goal in New Jersey since leaving.

Foligno scored off a backhand at the left post during a scramble after Schneider lost his stick to tie it 1-1 at 12:19 into the first period.

Seney gave the Devils a 1-0 lead off a wrist shot from the right circle 6:57 into the first.

"Their game plan is to keep teams to the outside and the way we score goals is to get to those areas and put pucks in the back of the net, and we weren't able to do that," New Jersey right wing Kyle Palmieri said.

 

They said it

"I'm happy that I was finally able to score [in New Jersey], but most happy with the win because it's a tough building to win as an opponent. I was expecting [to be booed]. They're loyal fans, but from what I heard it wasn't as bad as the reception [Los Angeles Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk] got on Tuesday in his return to Jersey." -- Wild left wing Zach Parise

Video: MIN@NJD: Parise tips home Suter's shot for PPG

 

"It's a one-game thing but if we can continue to play [Foligno-Eriksson Ek-Kunin] against the other better lines and shut them down, it allows our other lines to get free." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

"We have to get to the areas where the goals are scored. The Wild does a good job of keeping teams out of that area but that's part of the game. -- Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri

 

Need to know

Boudreau coached his 900th NHL game. He is 530-266-104 with the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and Wild. ... Foligno had the second Gordie Howe hat trick of his career and first since he played with the Buffalo Sabres in 2013. ... Hynes coached his 300th NHL game. He is 130-131-39 since the 2015-16 season. ... The Devils placed forward Miles Wood (upper body) on injured reserve, retroactive to Thursday and recalled forward Nick Lappin and defenseman Ryan Murphy from Binghamton of the American Hockey League. ... Devils rookie forward Joey Anderson played 14:03 and had no shots goal in his return to the lineup after missing 33 games with a broken ankle.

 

What's next

Wild: At the New York Islanders on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

Devils: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

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