Kaprizov scores twice, Minnesota beats Montreal

Kaprizov scores twice, Minnesota beats Montreal
Kaprizov scores twice, Minnesota beats Montreal

By Brian Hall

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov scored twice and Mason Shaw scored his second career goal in as many games, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Marc-André Fleury made 34 saves for Minnesota, which has scored in six of its last seven games. The Wild have five wins in that streak after losing the first three games of the season. Matt Boldy added an empty-net goal as Minnesota returned home after a five-game road trip.

“We have to win these games” said Fleury. “It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been gone. They have also been on the road for a while. We have to find a way to dig deep. I think the start was important to be in the game and not run after them. I think it paid off. »

Kaprizov’s second multi-goal game of the season gives him eight for the season. He has scored four times in the last four games. Joel Eriksson Ek had two assists for the Wild.

Nick Suzuki scored a power-play goal in the third period and Jake Allen stopped 27 shots for Montreal, which had won two in a row to start a four-game trip.

“I think we trust the brand we’re trying to play,” said Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis. “… We will generate chances and it has shown in the past that we are capable of going back in games, and tonight we just failed. That’s one thing I don’t like about tonight’s game is the result, because there were a lot of good things in that game.

The Canadians applied a lot of pressure early, beating Minnesota 15-7 in the first period. But, Montreal couldn’t beat Fleury, who settled in after a shaky start to the season.

Fleury has allowed seven goals in four straight starts. He gave up 11 in the first two games of the season.

After a scoreless first period, Shaw scored 1:09 into the second. Allen couldn’t control the rebound on a shot from Eriksson Ek and Shaw tapped the rebound between Allen’s legs.

Shaw, a 23-year-old rookie, had his chance due to injuries to forwards Jordan Greenway, Marcus Foligno and Ryan Hartman.

Minnesota and Kaprizov added two more goals in the second. Kaprizov’s first goal was a deflection off Boldy’s cross pass on the power play.

“It’s not his place on the power play, but he knows it’s a very good place to score a goal. Wild coach Dean Evason said Kaprizov was in goal.

The Wild have won 14 of the last 15 games against the Canadiens, including nine in a row at the Xcel Energy Center.

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