Minnesota scored two unanswered goals in the third period to earn a 3-1 victory over Toronto on Friday night in front of a sellout crowd of 19,168 at Xcel Energy Center. C Kyle Brodziak, D Jared Spurgeon and C Mikko Koivu each netted a goal for the Wild. G Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves. Next up, the Wild will travel to Dallas for a one-game road trip Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.
In its five all-time wins against the Maple Leafs, Minnesota has outscored Toronto 20-8. Toronto’s six games played at Xcel Energy Center are the fewest by any team.
The Wild killed three of the four Maple Leafs power-play chances and has killed 61-of-73 (83.6%) of opponent power-play opportunities combined in the last 24 games dating back to Nov. 8. Over the last 22 games, the Wild’s power play has outscored its opponents’ man advantage 16-11. Since Dec. 5, Minnesota has scored 11 power-play goals in 12 games which rank T-2nd in the NHL.
C Charlie Coyle used two assists to earn his earn his eighth career multi-point game – third this season. He has five points (1-4=5) in his last six games and leads Minnesota with 73 hits this season.
C Mikko Koivu earned his 109th career multi-point game with a power-play goal and an assist on the night. He has points in 11 of his last 17 games, totaling 14 points (4-10=14) in that span.
RW Jason Pominville tallied the secondary assist on Koivu’s goal. He has 50 points (19-31=50) in 53 career games against the Maple Leafs – his most against any NHL opponent. He has posted points in 13 of his last 17 games, totaling 16 points (4-12=16) in that span. He ranks second on the Wild with 28 points (8-20=28) in 36 games this season and leads the team in shots (122).
LW Thomas Vanek registered the primary assist on Koivu’s goal. He has nine points (4-5=9) in his last 10 games and ranks third on the Wild in scoring (6-17=23).
D Jared Spurgeon netted his fourth goal of the season 7:23 into the third period. He leads the team with 65 blocked shots this year and has 12 points (4-8=12) in 29 games. He has missed seven total games this season due to an upper body injury (10/30-11/13) and illness (12/13-12/17).
C Kyle Brodziak opened the game’s scoring with his fifth goal of the season in the second period. He has three points (1-2=3) in his last three games and has nine points (5-4=9) in 30 games this season.
RW Nino Niederreiter recorded the secondary assist on Brodziak’s goal. He ranks T-1st on the team in goals and has 18 points (14-4=18) through 36 games this year.
After being scratched the last two games, C Erik Haula skated 13:19, totaling two hits, one blocked shot and won 11-of-16 faceoffs (68.9%) – his 11 faceoff wins set a career high.
G Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves to record his 13th win of the year. He improves to 8-4-0 with a 2.69 GAA, a .888 SV% and two shutouts in 14 games (13 starts) in Saint Paul. Including post-season, Kuemper is 19-7-2 with a 2.15 GAA, a .915 SV% and three shutouts in 31 games (29 starts) at Xcel Energy Center.
D Cody Franson scored for Toronto while G Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves.