Second-period Debacle Dooms Islanders In 5-Three Loss To Wild

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Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis scored in Minnesota’s three-goal second interval, and the Wild beat the New York Islanders 5-Three Monday.

Jason Zucker added two objectives and Joel Eriksson Ek additionally scored for the Wild, who’ve earned at the very least some extent in six of their previous seven video games (Four-1-2). Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 photographs.

Ross Johnston, Anders Lee and Tanner Fritz scored for the Islanders. Jaroslav Halak, coming off a 50-save shutout towards the Rangers on Thursday night time, completed with 27 stops.

New York started the day tied with idle Carolina with 64 factors, however held the second wild-card spot within the Jap Convention because of extra regulation/time beyond regulation wins. Nevertheless, the Hurricanes now maintain the tiebreaker because of a sport in hand on the Islanders.

Zucker beat Halak on the blocker aspect with a one-timer for his second of the sport and 25th of the season with Three:22 remaining to push the Wild’s result in 5-Three.

New York outshot Minnesota 17-9 within the third, together with skating with a 6-on-Four benefit over the ultimate 1:23 with Halak pulled on an influence play however could not get something previous Dubnyk.

Trailing 2-1 close to the midpoint of the second interval, the Wild went forward with three objectives in a Four:12 span.

Cullen tied it as he skated in on a breakaway and beat Halak into the highest proper nook for his sixth at 9:54.

Zucker gave the Wild their second lead of the sport with a one-timer from the highest of the correct circle with 7:43 remaining.

Ennis made it Four-2 as he skated in and put his shot by Halak’s legs from the correct aspect for his eighth with 5:54 left.

Fritz pulled the Islanders inside one along with his first NHL objective, beating Dubnyk excessive on the glove aspect from the correct slot with 3½ minutes remaining within the center interval.

Lee had given New York a 2-1 lead at 1:57 of the second as he tipped Thomas Hickey’s shot from the left slot out of the air and down previous Dubnyk. It was Lee’s 30th of the season, tying him with John Tavares for the group lead and making him the sixth 30-goal scorer within the NHL this season.

The Wild acquired on the scoreboard first as Charlie Coyle’s rebound try of his personal shot deflected off Eriksson Ek’s skate and in 7:02 into the sport. It was Eriksson Ek’s second objective of the season, and first since opening night time.

The Islanders tied it with 45 seconds left within the first as Johnny Boychuk fired a slap shot from the correct level in entrance of the blue line and Johnston deflected it in entrance previous Dubnyk. It was Johnson’s third objective in 10 video games with New York after having three in 38 video games with Bridgeport of the AHL.

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