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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 6, Red Wings 3

Parise scores twice as Minnesota pulls away from Detroit late

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 6-3 victory against the Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Sunday afternoon:

1. For the second straight game, the Wild was successful on the power play, scoring twice in the first period -- and three times in the game -- with the man advantage.

After snapping Friday a stretch of five-plus games without a power-play goal, Minnesota converted its first chance with the extra attacker Sunday when Mikael Granlund poked in a loose puck in the crease at the 13:01 mark of the first period.

Video: DET@MIN: Granlund stuffs in PPG to open the scoring 

Less than three minutes later, Nino Niederreiter gathered in a pretty pass from Mikko Koivu on the back door and ripped a shot past Red Wings goaltender Jared Coreau for his team-leading eighth power-play goal. 

Seriously, though, how did Koivu manage to get his pass from the left corner through four skaters and a goaltender, right onto the tape of Niederreiter? 

Video: DET@MIN: Niederreiter nets Koivu's slick feed for PPG

With Matt Dumba out (lower body injury) and Jared Spurgeon temporarily sidelined after taking a vicious high stick midway through the first period, the Wild was forced to make due personnel-wise on the back end. 

Rookie defenseman Gustav Olofsson assisted on Granlund's goal for his first NHL point, while Nate Prosser earned a helper on Niederreiter's tally.

"There wasn't much time left in the period so I wasn't worried about having enough guys to play," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. "I would've thought hard what we were doing on power plays and situations during the intermission but Spurge came right back. As soon as I heard he was just getting stitched up it made me feel a lot better because two inches closer and the guy could've speared his eye out."

For Prosser, it was his first power-play assist since Oct. 23, 2012 and fifth of his NHL career.

Tweet from @AnthonyLaPanta: Prosser with second assist on PPG. He had 1 power play point since Feb, 2012 (234 games)

Olofsson later assisted on a goal by Charlie Coyle (more on that below) for his first multi-point game.

"I think those were some of the easiest points ive ever gotten playing hockey," Olofsson said. "I just tried to play simple. I got it into the hands of the others. Both points were great plays by Mikko and [Jason Pominville] on the other."

Forward Zach Parise added the Wild's third power-play marker at 10:50 of the third period. It was his second goal of period and 13th of the season.

Video: DET@MIN: Parise shows off hand-eye on power-play goal

2. Coyle scored a beauty of a goal late in the second period to snap a lengthy goal drought. 

The play was set up on a fine outlet dish by Jason Pominville, who ran his points streak to five games with the primary helper.

Pominville's outlet pass bounced over the stick of St. Paul native and former St. Cloud State Huskies defenseman Nick Jensen, where the forechecking Coyle pushed the puck past him on his left, passed Jensen on his right, then went backhand-forehand-roof past Coreau.

Video: DET@MIN: Coyle eludes defender, goes bar-down in 2nd 

"[Pominville] chipped it out, and it was kind of a race to the puck," Coyle said. "I got a good bounce and tried to make a move and it went in."

It was Coyle's first goal since Jan. 7, a drought that lasted 16 games. Coyle has six points, including five assists, over his past four games overall and appears a more confident player over the past week.

"When you get points and stuff, it obviously helps. Sometimes I don't get any points and it's still the same thing. You just want to make sure you're still playing your game. That's what I've been trying to do," Coyle said. "Sometimes the points fall, sometimes not. As long as we get two points at the end ... that's all that matters."

Pominville continued his outstanding production -- later adding an assist on Parise's first third-period goal -- giving him two goals and seven assists during his point streak and 21 points in 18 games since Jan. 7.

3. Jason Zucker had about as good of a scoreless game as one can have. 

Without finding himself on the scoresheet, Zucker single-handedly drew three penalties in the game, and Minnesota converted two of the three into power-play goals.

"He played really well. Those short little breaks that he had, forcing them to either take him down or let him go on a breakaway, those are big parts of the game," Parise said. "I know they don't wind up on the scoresheet but all of the sudden, you get two power-play goals because of that, that's stuff that as players, doesn't go unnoticed." 

Zucker, who has already set career highs in assists (22) and points (38) has been stuck on 99 career points for the past four games but certainly played a big role in Minnesota's win on Sunday. 

"[Zucker] has been playing good all year," Boudreau said. "I don't think points are defining him. That line has been as good as any line. But he can skate, so sometimes you have to drag him down."


Loose Pucks

• Wild defenseman Christian Folin also scored a third-period goal, his second of the season.

• Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves and earned his NHL-leading 31st victory. He improved to 24-3-2 since Nov. 23. 

• Minnesota improved to 22-4-0 in games decided by more than one goal this season, outscoring its opponents 106-38 in those games.

• The Wild won its 37th game on Sunday, putting it one shy of its total from all of last season. It has reached 80 points in 55 games, 12 games faster than its previous best.

• Red Wings goaltender Jared Coreau stopped 24 shots.

• Dumba is considered day-to-day and could return to the ice as soon as Monday.

• Attendance: 19,141


He Said It

"There were moments that we have to play better and I think we recognize that. At the same time every win is tough to get in this league so we're happy with that." -- Wild captain Mikko Koivu


They Said It

"You go down [a man] three times and two of them they score on, it's hard to win when you give up two on the PK in the first like that. I thought our first period ... we actually played fine, I thought it was a good road game, I thought we controlled the puck. We didn't get enough shots but I thought we had the puck in their end 5-on-5. Five-on-five, I thought we were fine, but then we took those penalties, obviously, and it's hard to kill like that." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Three Stars

* Mikko Koivu

** Zach Parise

*** Gustav Olofsson

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