RW Nino Niederreiter earned his first career hat trick as Minnesota earned a 6-3 victory over Buffalo on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,925 at Xcel Energy Center. C Ryan Carter, C Kyle Brodziak and D Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild. G Darcy Kuemper started the game, playing just 6:24 while G Niklas Backstrom made 25 saves in relief. The Wild will travel to Dallas to face the Stars on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KOOL 108 FM.
Minnesota outshot Buffalo, 39-28, and has not been outshot in a single game this season, totaling a 513-350 advantage through 15 games. Minnesota tallied 20 shots in the first period, its most-ever in a first period – surpassing 19 shots in the first on 12/11/09 at CGY. The Wild last topped 20 with 21 in the second period vs. COL on Oct. 9.
Minnesota tied a franchise record with four first-period goals and it is the eighth time the Wild has done so in franchise history and second this season. The Wild has outscored its opponents 28-13 to earn its 6-1-0 record in Saint Paul. Minnesota has scored first in eight of its 15 games this season, posting a 6-2-0 record when scoring first. The Wild is 2-5-0 when the opposing team scores first.
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th goals scored in a 17-second span in the first period, are the fastest three goals by both teams in Wild history. The 17 seconds ranks second all-time in the NHL, behind the Rangers and North Stars on Feb 10, 1983 – 0:15 in the second period.
RW Nino Niederreiter recorded his first career hat trick game and sixth career multi-point game. He has nine points (7-2=9) in 15 games this season. His seven goals lead the Wild.
D Jared Spurgeon netted his third goal of the season, tallied a game-high eight shots and recorded his second best career TOI with 29:27 in his return to the lineup. He has five points (2-3=5) in his last six games and seven (3-4=7) in 10 games this season. He ranks second on the team with 26 blocked shots.
C Ryan Carter earned his ninth career multi-point game with a goal and an assist on the night. He has three points in his last two games (2-1=3). He ranks T-3rd on the team with eight points (2-6=8) in 14 games this season.
C Kyle Brodziak tallied two points (1-1=2) to record his 38th career multi-point game. He has four points (3-1=4) in 10 games this season.
RW Justin Fontaine used two assists to earn his fourth career multi-point game. He now has seven points (1-6=7) in 13 games this season.
C Mikael Granlund tallied his ninth career multi-point game with two assists on the night. He now has seven points (1-6=7) in 15 games this season.
C Charlie Coyle tallied two assists to earn his seventh career multi-point game. He ranks T-3rd on Minnesota in scoring with eight points (2-6=8) in 15 games this season.
D Rasmus Ristolainen, C Zemgus Girgensons and C Torrey Mitchell each scored for Buffalo while G Jhonas Enroth made 33 saves.