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Postgame Hat Trick: Islanders 3, Wild 1

New York rallies with three in the third to win Sunday in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-1 loss against the New York Islanders at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Sunday evening:

1. Things turned for the Wild in the blink of an eye.

Ryan Donato scored 15:43 into the game to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead, an advantage it would carry through the second and into the third period. 

But just as the Wild seemed like it would cruise to a win, the Islanders offense came to life.

First, it was Mathew Barzal, tipping a point shot that hit goaltender Devan Dubnyk that apparently rattled around in his equipment. Derick Brassard took a healthy whack at his leg pads, which apparently knocked the puck loose and into the goal.

Barzal was credited with the goal, which makes you wonder why it was allowed in the first place. Players typically can't push on a goalie's pads and have the puck cross the goal line. 

Just 97 seconds elapsed before the Islanders had their first lead. Leo Komarov chased down a loose puck in the corner in offensive zone and slid a perfect pass to the front of the net where Matt Martin had managed to elude a Wild defender, one-timing the feed past Dubnyk. 


2. Donato's goal was his eighth of the season.

It wasn't much different than Barzal's goal, with Ryan Suter dumping a puck into the crease area before Donato jammed away at it, eventually knocking the loose puck through the wickets of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. 

Video: NYI@MIN: Donato pokes puck between Varlamov's pads

Suter gained the first assist on the play and now has 14 helpers since Nov. 19, a number that ranks second amongst all NHL blueliners.


3. All in all, it was another solid performance from Dubnyk.

After a sensational game in Denver in a 6-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, Dubnyk followed it up with another good performance on Sunday. 

There was nothing Dubnyk could do on the Islanders' second goal, a breakdown that occurred some 100 feet from the Wild net. New York's first goal was deflected on its way to the net and the veteran appeared to have it covered.

He finished with 25 saves on the afternoon in what was his first loss since returning to the crease following a five-week layoff.

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