Minnesota scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,884 at Xcel Energy Center. D Marco Scandella, C Mikko Koivu, C Erik Haula, LW Jason Zucker, LW Zach Parise and D Jared Spurgeon each scored for the Wild. G Darcy Kuemper made 17 saves to earn his fourth win of the season. The Wild will play its second of three consecutive games versus the Eastern Conference Monday, when it visits the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden at 6 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
Minnesota outshot Tampa Bay, 22-19, and has outshot its opponents in every game this season, totaling a 202-133 advantage through six games.
The Wild tied a franchise record for most goals in the first period by scoring four tonight (seven times, last 3/16/13 at COL). The Wild scored seven goals on 22 shots, totaling a 31.8 shooting percentage, which ranks fourth-highest in a game (franchise best is 45.5 vs. WSH, 1/4/14). The seven goals are T-2nd in franchise history for most Wild goals in a game - last done, March 25, 2013 at Dallas.
Minnesota had six different goal scorers in a game for the first time since Oct. 7, 2006 vs. NSH (6-5). Thirteen different Wild players tallied a point tonight, while Parise, Pominville, Vanek, Zucker and Scandella earned multi-point games. Fourteen of the Wild’s 18 skaters were plus-1 or higher.
RW Jason Pominville earned his 127th career multi-point game with two assists. He now has five points (2-3=5) in six games. He has 37 points (16-21=37) in 32 games against the Lightning – his third most against any NHL team.
LW Zach Parise earned his 118th career multi-point game, netting a goal and an assist on the night. He leads the team in points and is T-1st in assists (3-4=7) and has 24 points (11-13=24) in 27 matches versus the Lightning.
LW Thomas Vanek earned his 139th career multi-point game with two assists. He has his first point streak as a Wild member after an assist last game and is tied for the team lead with four assists. He has 42 points (25-17=42) in 37 matches against Tampa Bay.
LW Jason Zucker earned his first career multi-goal game and second career multi-point game with two goals on the night. He leads the team with four goals in six games.
D Marco Scandella earned his third career multi-point game with a goal and an assist. He opened the scoring with his first point of the season and joins Suter and Spurgeon as Wild defensemen with goals this season.
D Jared Spurgeon netted the Wild’s sixth goal of the game. He has three points (1-2=3) in his last two games and five points (2-3=5) in six games this season. He leads the team in blocked shots (22) while leading all Wild defensemen in scoring.
G Darcy Kuemper earned his fourth win of the season. He leads the NHL in shutouts (3). He is 4-1-0 this season with a 0.80 GAA and a .966 SV%. Including post-season, he is 14-3-2 with a 1.63 GAA and a .935 SV% at Xcel Energy Center. He has three shutouts in his last six games at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild’s home shutout streak ended with Tampa’s first goal at 11:04 of the first period, registering a team shutout streak of 131:04 to start the season, while Kuemper’s home streak ended at 130:56.
D Anton Stralman scored the first goal against at Xcel Energy Center this season while RW Nikita Kucherov also scored. G Evgeni Nabokov allowed four goals on eight shots and was pulled for just the second time in 28 career starts against Minnesota. G Ben Bishop made 11 saves in relief.